But critics were "omitting facts" and grouping him in with those accused of harassment, he said.
In the interview, Clinton said disagrees with Gillibrand, a fellow Democrat who was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Why didn't he just say "hey, listen, it's a different time, I feel badly for the way things went down, I feel badly for how Monica Lewinsky was treated, I'm sorry"?" And I tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. And I bet you don't even know them.
Clinton also told Melvin, "Nobody believes that I got out of that for free", in reference to the scandal, which resulted in Clinton's impeachment and a pile of legal bills. "I left the White house $16 million in debt", he said.
While Clinton praised the #MeToo movement in the interview, he admitted to having reservations about how some of it has unfolded.
The #MeToo movement, specifically its focus on coercive power dynamics that can influence personal relationships, has caused a public reexamination of the affair between Clinton and Lewinsky.
"I like the Me Too movement", Clinton said.
"I like the #MeToo movement".
"Any "abuse" came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position." she told Vanity Fair in 2014.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the Town and Country Philanthropy Summit on May 9, 2018 in New York City.
McAuliffe, the longtime personal and professional ally of the Clintons who backed their purchase of a NY mansion after Bill Clinton left office, addressed the controversy Monday following the former president's emphatic defense of himself during an interview with NBC News' Craig Melvin on the "Today" show.
Clinton was asked if he ever apologized to Lewinsky.
"I dealt with it 20 years ago plus", Clinton said. "He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better", she wrote. "You actually owe EVERYONE an apology, especially her. #MeToo". "Two-thirds of the American people sided with me", added the former president. He said that part of the reason he's being targeted is because people are frustrated with the current situation at the White House - and the lack of press coverage surrounding the issue. "I still have some questions about some of the decisions which have been made", he said, without specifying which decisions he questioned.