Monica Lewinsky’s parents were so proud to learn their daughter would be working in the White House. Shortly after, the controversy that followed would become the family’s nightmare.
Monica Lewinsky was bullied into cooperating
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Monica Lewinsky says federal agents threatened to prosecute her mother if she didn’t not cooperate with their investigation.
“I kept asking could I call my mom, they kept saying no,’ recalled Lewinsky of the 12-hour interrogation inside a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton,” The Mail reports. “You’re 24, you don’t need to call your mommy, you need to make a decision about what to do.”
When she said she might not cooperate, Lewinsky said she was told, “Well, you should know, we’re also thinking about prosecuting your mom for the things you said she did on the tape.” Lewinsky was in tears.
Lewinsky considered suicide
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Lewinsky said the long interrogation led to her wanting to take her own life.
“There was a point for me somewhere within these first several hours where I would be hysterically crying and then I would just shut down,” she said. “And in the shut down period, I just remember looking out the window and thinking the only way to fix this is to kill myself.”
She also discussed how the affair began and her regrets.
Apparently, Bill Clinton smiled at her during a White House surprise party for a staffer and summoned the intern to come into a separate room. There, she admitted she had a crush on him and the two began kissing.
“I don’t talk about this very often and I still don’t feel comfortable talking about it,” Lewinsky said. “It’s one of those things where it’s not as if it didn’t register with me that he was the president. Obviously, it did.”
“But I think in one way, the moment we were actually in the back office for the first time, the truth is, I think it meant more to me the someone who other people desired, desired me,” Lewinsky said.
“However wrong it was, however misguided, for who I was at that time, at 22 years old, it was how I felt.”
Lewinsky said she returned to her desk after they kissed, but then the president asked her to come to his study later where things escalated.
The two then began meeting secretly at least once a week for almost two years.
At her young age, Lewinsky said she thought she was in love with the president but now understands that she was a 22-year-old subordinate who was taken advantage of.
And that’s exactly what it was. Him taking advantage. She may have been an adult, but Bill Clinton was in a position of great power. More power than anyone else in the country. And he wielded that over her whether she realized it or not.
The Clinton’s have always gotten away with taking advantage of people less powerful than them. There are numerous reports of women who came forward with sexual assault and harassment claims against Bill who were met with intimidation just like Lewinsky and her family faced. We should all be thankful that we did not have this depraved family back in the White House back in 2016. We can thank ourselves and Donald Trump for that.