After all these decades we are finally getting some more truth about Bill Clinton’s impeachment. His victim, then White House intern Monica Lewinsky, now admits that Bill demanded that she lie for him and even called her in for one last sexual encounter before the whole mess exploded.
Before we get farther, yes Bill Clinton WAS impeached. You see, the House of Representatives does the impeaching while the Senate does the convicting and removing from office. In 1998, the U.S. House of Representatives did impeach Bill Clinton. However, just as in the case of Andrew Johnson, the U.S. Senate could not bring itself to toss a president out of office.
OK, that is settled.
Now, in new comments, Monica Lewinsky has made some revelations that really come as no surprise.
In the new interview in an A&E documentary, Lewinsky — who was then a 24-year-old intern at the White House — admits that President Clinton called her up at 2:30 in the morning to tell her she was on a witness list and that if she were called before a House investigation that he wanted her to lie under oath and say they never had any relationship.
Worse, later, even as the affair was making news all across the world, the arrogant Bill called her again and asked for one last sexual encounter.
According to the Daily Mail:
“Bill called at 2.30 in the morning and there were two pieces of bad news which he was passing along,'” recalled Lewinsky.
“And then, he really dropped the bombshell that he had seen the witness list for the Paula Jones case and I was on it,” revealed Lewinsky.
“… the information about the witness list spun me completely the other way. He told me that it broke his heart and that he’d thought that I probably wouldn’t get called as a witness.”
She continued: “I was petrified. I was frantic about my family, and this becoming public. Thankfully, Bill helped me lock myself back from that and he said I could probably sign an affidavit to get out of it, and he didn’t even know if a 100 percent I would be subpoenaed.”
“I did feel uncomfortable about it but I felt it was the right thing to do, ironically, right? So, the right thing to do, to break the law,” she said.
Right after that, Clinton called Lewinsky up for a “private” Christmas party. He promised her that after his 1996 re-election campaign in he would offer her a White House job early in 1997.
But the FBI quickly ramped up the pressure to get Lewinsky to cooperate after she stonewalled them. They even threatened to begin prosecuting Lewinsky’s mother.
Despite Lewinsky’s stubbornness and her initially remaining true to Bill, after the elections, it became clear to her that all Bill’s promises of a White House job were lies. He had abandoned her utterly.
Eventually she testified before independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s grand jury on August 6 and August 20, 1998. Bill was impeached at the end of that year.
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