The former White House intern said that the president explicitly asked her to lie under oath to protect him, The Daily Mail reported.
Monica Lewisnky recounted the moment that the sitting president encouraged her to lie under oath on the final episode of the A&E docuseries The Clinton Affair.
It marked the first time that Lewinsky has actually stated that Bill Clinton advised her to deny their affair if called to testify in the Paula Jones case, pointing out that she could avoid being deposed if she simply denied the charge in an affidavit.
Then, in a shockingly bold move, Clinton called for Lewinsky a few days later and the pair enjoyed an intimate, and private, Christmas party in the White House.
Unbeknownst to Lewinsky that was the end of the pair’s relationship, with Clinton quickly bailing on his 24-year-old paramour who was left to do battle with the special prosecutor, the FBI and the American public on her own while he fell back on a multi-million dollar legal fund raised by supporters.
It became too much for Lewinsky at one point she said, and she seriously considered taking her own life.
‘Bill called at 2:30 in the morning and there were two pieces of bad news which he was passing along,’ recalled Lewinsky.
‘One was that Betty Currie’s brother had been killed in a car accident and I had grown very close to Betty, I mean, our relationship was complicated, but I cared very much for her she had had another relative who had passed away recently so this was distressing news to me.’
Things then got worse for Lewinsky with the second bit of news, which hit much closer to home.
‘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 Betty spun me one way and 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.’
Lewinsky then pointed out that Clinton never said: ‘Now, listen you’re gonna have to lie here.’
She followed that up though by stating he also never said: ‘Listen, honey, this is gonna be really awful we’re gonna have to tell the truth.’
Lewinsky was subpoenaed just a few days later, so she decided to speak with Clinton’s close friend and attorney Vernon Jordan.
Up until this point, the docuseries had been remarkably detailed in the chain of events leading up to the impeachment, but here there are some obvious questions that are not even asked, let alone answered.