On today's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat reminded viewers of the infamous relationship between former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton.
It was on this day, January 17, 1998, that Matt Drudge's Drudge Report published the story of the affair after top Newsweek executives killed it hours before publication essentially robbing investigative reporter Michael Isikoff of the biggest story of his career.
According to Drudge, several media organizations including TIME magazine, the New York Post, and ABC News scrambled to publish their own versions of the story but were ultimately sidelined by executives and hearsay.
Lewinsky began her job at the White House in July of 1995 and by November, she was sexually involved with President Clinton according to timelines published by news outlets. Lewinsky was involved with the president for approximately 18 months before they were forced to cut ties on January 7, 1998, after reports of their affair and tapes surfaced.
Both deny the affair ever took place in a sworn affidavit and one year later, the president was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Lewinsky went on to become a "feminist icon" in liberal circles and academia for having to endure backlash for having relations with not only a married man but a president of the United States.
🙏🏻♥️⚡️ for 20 years, i've marked 16 jan as the day i survived another year from 1998. on this 20th (!!!) anniversar… https://t.co/FUpv0ShZ0e— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@Monica Lewinsky (she/her))1516112705.0
And let us not forget the infamous cigar story. Where were you when the Lewinsky-Clinton scandal broke?