"Well, I just disagree with her", Clinton told CBS on Sunday.
"No. Yes", Clinton said, incomprehensibly, later explaining that he apologized to the nation.
"It has been for decades an unbelievable double standard that the Clintons have used and abused where nobody is allowed to go there on this issue and in the age of 'Me Too, ' women are supposed to go there", host Mika Brzezinski said. "I defended the constitution". Later, Clinton asked Melvin if he thought John F. Kennedy should have resigned and accused the reporter of presenting a biased picture of him.
"We really tried to make it as accurate as possible", Clinton says.
"No. I felt bad then, and I came to grips with it", he responded. Forget the dog-in-the-manger, down-in-the-mouth neo-puritanism of the op-ed tumbrel drivers, and see him instead as his guests do: "a man in a dinner jacket with more heat than any star in the room".
"That's very different. The apology is public".
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Mattis responded that the question reflected a fundamental disconnect with the way worldwide tribunals have spoken on the matter. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a US military plane on May 29, 2018, as he flies to Hawaii.
More broadly, he said he is supportive of the #MeToo movement writ large even as he expressed skepticism over certain aspects of it.
The former Democratic president added, "And most people I know believe that the press would have been that hard, or harder".
Clinton made headlines in 1998 after the news of his sexual affair with Lewinsky - who was a White House intern during the time he was president - came to light. The House impeached Clinton in 1998, but the Senate acquitted the President, preventing his removal from office.
When pressed about why he hadn't reached out to Lewinsky personally, Clinton told NBC, "this was litigated 20 years ago". I have had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left.
Speaking to NBC on Monday, Mr Clinton said it was not necessary for him to resign following the revelations of an affair with Ms Lewinsky, who was 22 years old at the time.
There was also controversy recently when Lewinsky was invited to a Town & Country magazine event - then was promptly uninvited as the former president joined the line-up.
In March, Lewinsky wrote an essay for Vanity Fair which revealed she had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the public shaming she received.