Begala: Bill Clinton Didn't Get Away With Anything; He Was Investigated, Litigated, And Impeached


Paul Begala defends Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday's edition of The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN:

JAKE TAPPER: And, Paul, let's talk about the re-examination that's going on right now of Bill Clinton because there are a lot of people writing op-eds in the "New York Times" and talking about it on television about how given today's 2017 mores, back in the '90s, Bill Clinton, maybe, should not have been able to get away with what he got away with. And maybe the media and the feminist community and others should have been more condemning of his behavior.

PAUL BEGALA, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: That conversation did occur 20 years ago, a lot of people weren't around when it did. You, for example, retweeted a scathing Marjorie Williams piece, the late Marjorie Williams from "Vanity Fair", tearing into feminists who defended Clinton at the time. That conversation did happen at the time.

And he didn't get away with anything. He was investigated, he was litigated, he was impeached. He had finally, after lying about the affair, admitted it, apologized, multiple times, in a very heartfelt way, privately as well as publicly, and the country forgave him.

TAPPER: But that's one of the many allegations against him --

BEGALA: Yes, but all of those allegations --

TAPPER: There's Paula Jones, there's Gennifer Flowers, there's Juanita Broaddrick, there's Kathleen Willey, there's a bunch.

BEGALA: All of which were investigated, litigated, adjudicated. We gave Ken Starr $70 million and 78 FBI agents in two years. President Clinton is the most investigated person in American history. And people arrived where they arrived. And it was not a close call by the overwhelming majority. They thought he was a good man who did a bad thing and should remain as our president because he was doing a great job.

He left office after all of that, most popular president in the history of polling. It doesn't mean people approved of that. They condemned it rightfully. But it's because they decided he was a good person doing a good job who did a very bad thing and asked for forgiveness. He apologized, he admitted, he confessed, and he begged for forgiveness.

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