For the first time, Monica Lewinsky has spoken about how former President Bill Clinton convinced her to lie under oath.
“[T]o break the law,” as 45-year-old Lewinsky described it in the final part of the A&E docuseries “The Clinton Affair.”
Lewinsky revealed that Clinton told her that she could avoid being deposed in the Paula Jones case if she denied their affair in an affidavit, according to Fox News.
She said Clinton called her at 2:30 in the morning to inform her that she was on the witness list.
“I was petrified. I was frantic about my family and this becoming public,” Lewinsky tearfully recalled. “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 would be subpoenaed a few days later.
The former White House intern said that was introduced to lawyer Frank Carter through Clinton’s close friend, Vernon Jordan, who she arranged a meeting with.
“Frank Carter explained to me if I’d signed an affidavit denying having had an intimate relationship with the president it might mean I wouldn’t have to be deposed in the Paula Jones case,” she said. “I did feel uncomfortable about it but I felt it was the right thing to do, ironically, right? So, the right thing to do, to break the law.”
After signing the affidavit, Clinton invited Lewinsky to the White House, where they were able to slip away for a Christmas smooch.
“This is the first time I met Buddy, the dog, and we kind of all played around with Buddy in the office and then we went into the back study and we had a Christmas kiss,” she revealed.
After the affair became known, Lewinsky details an encounter with the FBI at a Ritz Carlton hotel room, where she was questioned for 12 hours.
She said the bureau wanted her to make monitored phone calls and possibly wear a wire, and the agents pushed back when she asked to call her mother.
“You’re 24, you don’t need to call your mommy, you need to make a decision about what to do,” an agent reportedly told her.
Lewinsky said the FBI threatened to prosecute her mother and said both of them could face up to 27 years in prison for lying about the affair.
During the early hours of the interrogation, Lewinsky admitted that she contemplated committing suicide.
“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 recalled. “And in the shutdown period, I just remember looking out the window and thinking the only way to fix this is to kill myself.”
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