Bill Clinton Angrily Defends Himself as He's Questioned About Monica Lewinsky Scandal

Playing Former President Bill Clinton Fends Off Questions About Monica Lewinsky

Bill Clinton did not appear pleased by questions about his 1990s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during his current book tour promoting a new mystery novel he penned with best-selling author James Patterson.

Even in light of the #MeToo movement, the former president said he would not change how he dealt with the Lewinsky sex scandal.

"I don't think it would be an issue," he told NBC News in an interview that aired Monday. "Because people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts. If the facts were the same today, I wouldn't." 

Clinton and Patterson are making the rounds to showcase "The President Is Missing," a mystery novel the pair wrote together.

But many of the questions put to Clinton concerned his relationship with Lewinsky 20 years ago and the subsequent impeachment hearings that came as a result.

He told NBC that he stands by his decision to fight rather than resign over the lengthy investigation.

"I think I did the right thing," he said. "I defended the Constitution." 

When asked whether he has apologized to Lewinsky, Clinton said no.

 "I have apologized to everyone in the world... no, I've never talked to her, but I did say publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That's very different — the apology was public."

At one point, Patterson, whose series of mystery books are hugely popular, appeared to have had enough.

"It's 20 years ago," he said. "Come on, let's talk about JFK — let's talk about LBJ. Stop it, already!"

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