Hillary Clinton blames ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ for Lewinsky scandal 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 27 1998)


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(Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at 7:05 a.m. EST; during the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal) — Delivering a blistering White House counterattack, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton charged today that the Whitewater prosecutor’s sex-scandal investigation of her husband was part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” dedicated to destroying his presidency (click here to watch the full interview).

“It’s not just one person, it’s an entire operation,” Mrs. Clinton contended in an interview on the NBC television program Today, offering the first lengthy remarks from either of the Clintons in denial of accusations that the President had had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and had then sought to have Lewinsky lie about it.

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