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In an essay for the magazine published earlier this year, Lewinsky said she was questioning the narrative surrounding the affair, which played a central role in Clinton's eventual impeachment.

All the recent comments came amid Clinton's book tour with author James Patterson, who co-authored "The President Is Missing" with the former president.

Later in the day, Clinton clarified saying he "got hot under the collar".

"I've had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left", he said. "But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry".

"Well, you said in the interview that you did apologize, you said you apologized in the interview", Colbert noted. I meant it then.

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

"I dont think it would be an issue because people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts", he said in the interview on NBCs Today show. He said he supports the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, noting, "I have always tried to support it in the decisions and policies that I've advanced".

Asked if he would apologize privately to Ms. Lewinsky today if she were in the room, Mr. Clinton replied, "If she were here now and I would speak to her, it wouldn't be a private conversation".

"Well, I did, and they showed a film clip finally", Clinton added. "I think he actually does believe that he didn't do anything wrong". "I'm going to continue to put my faith in our candidates because they are incredible and they have important stories to tell as we work to restore checks and balances and earn back the trust of the American people". "And in no world was it ever appropriate for the president of the United States to be having sex under his desk with a 20-year-old".

Clinton's defensive response on Monday was confirmation to many national and state-based Democrats who were concerned about how the former president would fare campaigning for Democrats amid the #MeToo movement.