Hillary Clinton Responds To Gillibrand Saying Her Husband Should Have Resigned: 'I Don't Know If We Can Rewrite And Revise History'

November 17, 2017

Hillary Clinton answered questions Friday about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) saying her husband Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

In an interview on WABC Radio, Clinton called her husband's sex scandal a "painful time" for her marriage and the country before going on about the repercussions that came following the impeached president's actions.

"It was investigated fully. It was addressed at the time. He was held accountable. That is very different than what people seem to be remembering from that period because you can go back and look at the history," Clinton said.

Bill Clinton, one of only two presidents to be impeached in American history, was impeached for lying under oath about his relationship with Lewinsky and obstructing justice.

Clinton brought up Donald Trump and the 2005 tape of him making crude remarks about groping women without their permission. Trump said he regretted the remarks, which he called "locker room talk," but he has denied all allegations against him of sexual misconduct.

"Republican are led by a man who admitted to sexually assaulting women," Clinton said. "And if we are going to encourage women to be heard, we can't excuse the president from this debate."

Host Rita Cosby followed up by asking if the allegations against Trump are different then those against her husband and, if the allegations from 1998 happened today, if Bill Clinton would last in office.

"I don't know if we can rewrite and revise history," Clinton said.

She went on to say that if a special counsel spent $70 million investigating every allegation made against Trump, it would then be "parallel" to her husband's experience.

But when asked if a special counsel should look into allegations into Bill Clinton and others because some see a double standard, she answered directly.

"I don't think so Rita," Clinton said. "I mean everything was investigated ... I think that's the big difference."

Asked if she regrets people saying she was part of attacking the victims against her husband and not saying something on their behalf, Clinton did not say she regretted it.

"Look, I think every situation has to be judged on its own merit, and there were allegations that were disproved. There were allegations that were absolutely contradicted under sworn testimony," Clinton said. "So, of course, you should give people who make allegations the benefit of the doubts. That's what our system does, but then you have to investigate them and that fully happened in the late 90s."