Hillary is belatedly on board with the push to rid the world of sexual assault of the type her friend and supporter Harvey Weinstein engaged in for decades. Today she told the BBC, “I think it’s important that we not just focus on him and whatever consequences flow from these stories about his behavior but that we recognize this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere,’ Clinton said referencing both entertainment and politics. “After all we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the oval office,” she added.
Interviewer Andrew Marr pointed out that changing this, “depends upon women coming forward and having the courage to come forward.” “Right,” Hillary says. “And yet in your book the three women brought onto stage by Trump attacking your husband and you kind of dismissed them,” Marr said. “Is that the right thing to do?” he asked.
Marr is referring to the presidential debate last October where Clinton accusers Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey were invited to attend.
“Well, yes, because that had all been litigated,” Hillary replied without missing a beat. She continued, “I mean that was the subject of a huge investigation as you might recall in the late 90s and there were conclusions drawn and that was clearly in the past.”
Hold on a moment, did she just say that had been litigated as if a) all of this was settled in a court and b) Bill was exonerated? In fact, Paula Jones’ claim did go to court and Bill Clinton eventually settled out of court for $850,000. Hmmm, a settlement paid to an accuser in which the accused admits to no wrongdoing. Why does this sound so familiar? The judge in that case also held Bill in contempt saying his deposition in the case was “intentionally false.” She referred him to the Arkansas bar which later pulled his license. So yes, that accusation was litigated but not in a way that looks good for Bill Clinton.
As for the other accusations, Willey’s accusation, that she was groped in the White House by Bill, was undercut by a lie she told the FBI about a relationship with a boyfriend. A judge ruled in 2000 that Bill Clinton violated the Privacy Act in 1998 by releasing letters written by Willey one day after she appeared on 60 Minutes to level the accusation against Clinton.
Finally, the credible accusation of rape made by Juanita Broaddrick has never been litigated but stories published last year made the case that her claims appear plausible. When lawyers for Paula Jones came to her door in 1997, Broaddrick refused to talk to them about the assault but did tell them, “You can’t get to him, and I’m not going to ruin my good name to do it.”
If we’ve learned anything over the past week it’s that men in positions of power will use that power to ensure they aren’t held accountable for their behavior. Knowing that’s the case is why so many women stayed quiet about Harvey Weinstein for so long. The same appears to be true for Juanita Broaddrick and Bill Clinton. She didn’t want to talk about what happened because she knew no one could touch him (especially when he was president). But her case has never really been taken seriously, certainly not by Hillary Clinton.