‘I remember what they did to me for 25 years—the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Hillary Clinton said there’s a “significant difference” between the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and those made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and President Donald Trump.
Clinton said Republicans investigated her husband, but have not investigated Trump.
“[There was an] intense, long-lasting partisan investigation that was conducted in the ’90s,” she said in an interview with CNN. “If the Republicans, starting with President Trump on down, want a comparison, they should welcome such an investigation themselves.”
Bill Clinton was impeached after lying under oath about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern at the time. By some counts, up to 18 women have accused Clinton of conducting extramarital affairs or sexually harassing them, starting with his college days. While president, he settled a sexual harassment suit brought by Paula Jones for $850,000.
Trump, whose first two marriages ended as the result of infidelity, has a long history of discussing his romantic encounters prior to his political career.
After a private conversation caught on a hot mic between him and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush—in which Trump bragged of groping women—became public, other women came forward with similar allegations of harassment. Some were found to have been solicited to make the claims by a prominent Democratic attorney.
Like Clinton, Trump has been the subject of a protracted investigation, although special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to make public any evidence or charges against Trump.
Like Clinton, the Trump investigation, which began with a limited scope has extended far beyond its designated mission, indicting several Trump campaign affiliates over tax fraud and other issues that occurred before Trump’s candidacy in order to secure their cooperation as witnesses.
Among the other issues the Mueller investigation has pursued is the question of whether Trump used campaign expenditures to compel a former Playboy model and a pornographic film star, with whom he allegedly conducted affairs 10 years prior to his presidential run, to sign nondisclosure agreements.
Hillary Clinton said Republicans use hardball tactics against Democrats, but won’t apply the same standard to themselves. She drew headlines in the CNN interview for saying during the interview that Democrats should put aside civility until they have retaken the majority in Congress.
“I remember what they did to me for 25 years — the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting them,” Clinton said. “So when you’re dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interests who want a government that does its bidding, it’s — you can be civil, but you can’t overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.”
When asked if Democrats should pursue an impeachment of Trump if they retake the House, Clinton said that is “left to others to decide.”
“I want to stop the degrading of the rule of law. The delegitimizing of elections. One of their priorities should be, let’s protect our elections,” she said of the Democratic Party. “Let’s make sure that we have electoral security. Let’s end the suppression of voters. So there is a big agenda if the Democrats take over.”