In today's climate, Bill Clinton wouldn't have been able to hang on as president after his inappropriate relationship with a young White House intern was exposed-and he should have stepped down 20 years ago, a prominent Democratic senator says.
The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time.
"Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction", she says.
She added, "I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump and a very different conversation about allegations against him than what has been had to date".
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Reines noted that despite Starr spending $70 million to investigate a "consensual blowjob", the Senate voted to keep Clinton in office. Gillibrand holds the U.S. Senate seat that Hillary Clinton once occupied and is very close to the Clintons-Bill Clinton even has campaigned with her.
Her comments about former President Clinton highlight how far the issue has progressed, even in just the past year. Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons' endorsements, money, and seat.
Gillibrand was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate after she was named Secretary of State under the Obama administration.
Liberal writers and commentators, though, have in recent days sought to revisit the claims of sexual misconduct against Bill Clinton, as numerous figures in the media and entertainment and politics face sexual harassment and assault allegations. She and Rep. Jackie Speier have introduced a bill in both houses dubbed the ME TOO Congress Act, which aims to combat sexual harassment in the nation's legislature.
On Thursday, a television and radio host accused Sen. Gillibrand and other Democrats condemned Franken, who apologized for his actions. She also said she will donate money given to her campaign by a Franken-linked PAC to charity.