In what can only be described as the latest evidence that the petals have fallen off the rose bloom for the Clintons, cable network A&E have been running a docuseries titled “The Clinton Affair” which has exposed more background details of the illicit affair between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
In the final episode of the series, Lewinsky revealed for the first time a late night phone call in which Clinton had subtly encouraged her to lie under oath about their illicit affair if called to testify in the case stemming from Clinton’s earlier tryst with accuser Paula Jones. Clinton also allegedly referenced the sudden death of someone relatively close to Lewinsky at the same time he suggested she deny their affair.
2:30 am phone call
“Bill called at 2:30 in the morning and there were two pieces of bad news which he was passing along,” said Lewinsky. “One was that (Clinton personal secretary) 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.”
“And then, he really dropped the bombshell that he had seen the witness list for the Paula Jones case and I was on it,” recalled 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 said.
“I was petrified. I was frantic about my family, and this becoming public,” she added. “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 100 percent I would be subpoenaed.”
Lewinsky pointed out that Clinton never explicitly said, “Now, listen you’re gonna have to lie here,” but added that he’d also never said, “Listen, honey, this is gonna be really awful we’re gonna have to tell the truth.”
Regardless, the implication was quite clear.
Encouraged to lie under oath?
Later, after she was subpoenaed in the Jones case, Lewinsky contacted Clinton adviser and attorney Vernon Jordan, who in turn introduced her to an attorney named Frank Carter.
“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,” said Lewinsky. “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.”
Shortly after that, the young intern was summoned to the White House for a private Christmas party — with a special private moment in the back study of the Oval Office — in which the president lavished Lewinsky with a number of gifts, gifts that were held for safekeeping and privacy by Currie.
As it turned out, that was the last time that Clinton and Lewinsky got together, as the intern was summarily abandoned to deal with the fallout on her own.
Lewinsky may not have realized it at the time — and may still not have fully realized the implications — but Clinton’s late-night call to her could be easily be construed as a not-so-subtle threat.
Informing someone of a friend’s unexpected death while at the same time slyly suggesting that person lie under oath to conceal illicit activities could strongly imply that one’s own life could be in danger if one didn’t act as suggested. But whether anything substantial comes from this revelation remains to be seen.