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Former President Bill Clinton Opens Up About His Affair In The 'Hillary' Documentary

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By Shadress Denise

Scandals and affairs are nothing new to the office of the President. For decades, even centuries, this country has witnessed several presidents endure public scrutiny on behalf of political and personal decisions made. Extra-marital affairs with women being a common one.

From our founding President to our current sitting President, this country has had fifteen Presidents accused of stepping out on their wives. Aside from JFK’s famous tryst with actress Marilyn Monroe—and the Stormy Daniels/Trump fiasco—former President Bill Clinton’s very public affair—will forever be an historic moment that rocked his presidency.

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Clinton’s affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky made headlines, and ultimately lead to his impeachment proceedings (later acquitted) in the early 90’s. Over two decades later, the 42nd US President finally pulls back the curtains on what lead him to the act that was a defining factor of his time in the Oval office.

In his wife’s, former First Lady’s Hillary Clinton’s documentary ’Hillary’, the 73-year-old spoke about why he committed adultery. When asked why he carried on the relationship with Lewinsky, Clinton says its was one of the many things he did to cope with the “pressure” of being the president.

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“You feel like you’re staggering around, you’ve been in a 15 round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds and here’s something that will take your mind off it for a while, that’s what happens,” the former President said in the four-hour documentary.

At the time, Clinton confesses Lewinsky was a source of relief. He adds, “Because there, whatever life – not just me. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments, terrors, fears of whatever. Things I did to manage my anxieties for years. I’m a different, totally different person than I was, a lot of that stuff 20 years ago.”

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Over the course of his presidency and even after, Clinton has tip-toed around apologizing for the role he played in the affair and the fallout that followed. When the affair initially came to light, Clinton publicly denied ever having sex with Lewinsky. The “I did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky” denial eventually became infamous and a go-to joke for comedians everywhere.

However, there was one person who was not laughing… his wife, Hillary. The former First Lady and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate spoke about when she found out about the affair and how she felt afterwards when it surfaced that he lied about the affair.

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“I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt, and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied,” Hillary revealed in the documentary.

In the film, Clinton explains how he told his wife and her reaction to his confession. As he faced Senate hearings, the former President admitted telling Hillary was excruciatingly hard since he had already told the entire world Lewinsky was lying about the encounter.

Completely blindsided by his confession, Hillary Clinton describes how "devastated" she was during that time in her life but later defended her decision to stay with her husband.

In the documentary, the former POTUS expands on his feelings regarding the after-effects of the affair regarding how Monica Lewinsky was black-balled. Despite the equal role played in the affair, Clinton says "he feels terrible" about how she was treated once the dust settled.

The entire documentary will air on HULU March 6.

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