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Bill Clinton responds to Sen. Gillibrand's comment that he should have resigned over Lewinsky

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Former President Bill Clinton hit back in disagreement at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) assertions that he should have resigned after the Monica Lewinsky affair rocked his presidency.

What's the background?

In November, Gillibrand spoke out against Clinton and said that he should have stepped down from the presidency after his affair with intern Lewinsky.

In the early days of the #MeToo movement, Gillibrand, in an interview with the New York Times, said Clinton's affair with Lewinsky should have prompted the then-president to step down, noting that she believed it would have been "the appropriate response."

She added that the Clinton-Lewinsky affair was also probably viewed differently in the '90s than it would have been viewed had it happened today.

"Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction," she said.

So what's Clinton saying now?

In a "CBS Sunday Morning" interview that is set to air at a future date, Clinton responded to Gillibrand's November comments regarding his presidency, noting that her remarks didn't account for the "context" of his decision to remain in office.

"You have to really ignore what the context was," Clinton said during the interview with Mo Rocca. "But, you know, she’s living in a different context. And she did it for different reasons. But I just disagree with her."

Indeed, instead of resigning, Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury after lying about the purported relationship between him and Lewinsky.

The Senate acquitted Clinton, however, and he was not removed from office.

Clinton also touched upon the impeachment in the "CBS Sunday Morning" interview.

"It wasn’t a pleasant experience," he said. "But it was a fight that I was glad to undertake after the elections, when the people had solidly told, by two-thirds or more, the Republicans to stop it. They knew there was nothing impeachable. And so, we fought it to the end. And I’m glad."

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