Women abuse? Is Donald Trump telling the truth? Let’s look back at Bill’s past

January 2, 2016 8:11 am

On Twitter this week, , the GOP presidential frontrunner,
lashed out at Hillary Clinton, directly attacking her husband, the
former President, for what Trump called “his terrible record of women
abuse”.
Trump is obviously referring to the sexual allegations that have long swirled around Clinton, even before he became President.
We’d
earlier explored this question in 2014 when Republican Senator Rand
Paul wrongly claimed that a half dozen women had called Clinton a
“sexual predator”.
But for younger people who may be wondering
what the fuss is about, here again is a guide to the various claims made
about Clinton’s sex life.
We will divide the stories into two
parts: consensual liaisons admitted by the women in question and
allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter.

Consensual affairs

Gennifer Flowers: A model and actress whose
claims of a long-term affair nearly wrecked Clinton’s first run for the
presidency in 1992. (Clinton denied her claims at the time, but under
oath in 1998 he acknowledged a sexual encounter with her.)
Monica Lewinsky:
Intern at the White House, whose affair with Clinton fuelled
impeachment charges. Lewinsky was an eager participant in this
consensual affair; she was 22 when it started and Clinton was her boss.
Dolly Kyle Browning: A high school friend who said in a sworn declaration that she had had a 22-year off-and-on sexual relationship with Clinton.
Elizabeth Ward Gracen:
A former Miss America who said she had a one-night stand with Clinton
while he was governor – and she was married. She went public to
specifically deny reports he had forced himself on her.
Myra Belle “Sally” Miller:
The 1958 Miss Arkansas who said in 1992 that she had had an affair with
Clinton in 1983. She claimed that she had been warned not to go public
by a Democratic Party official: “They knew that I went jogging by myself
and he couldn’t guarantee what would happen to my pretty little legs.”
Some
might argue that because Lewinsky and Gracen had relations when Clinton
was in a position of executive authority, Clinton engaged in sexual
harassment.

Allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter
Paula Jones:
A former Arkansas state employee who alleged that in 1991 Clinton,
while governor, propositioned her and exposed himself. She later filed a
sexual harassment suit, and it was during a deposition in that suit
that Clinton initially denied having sexual relations with Lewinsky.
Clinton in 1998 settled the suit for $850,000 ($1.24 million), with no
apology or admission of guilt. All but US$200,000 was directed to pay
legal fees.
Juanita Broaddrick: The nursing home
administrator emerged after the impeachment trial to allege that 21
years earlier Clinton had raped her. Clinton flatly denied the claim,
and there were inconsistencies in her story. No charges were ever
brought.
Kathleen Willey: The former White House
aide claimed Clinton groped her in his office in 1993, on the same day
when her husband, facing embezzlement charges, died in an apparent
suicide. (Her story changed over time. During a deposition in the Paula
Jones matter, she initially said she had no recollection about whether
Clinton kissed her and insisted he did not fondle her.) Clinton denied
her account, and the independent prosecutor concluded “there is
insufficient evidence to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that
President Clinton’s testimony regarding Kathleen Willey was false”.
Willey later began to claim Clinton had a hand in her husband’s death,
even though her husband left behind a suicide note.
Note that no court of law ever found Clinton guilty of the accusations.
Peter Baker, in The Breach,
the definitive account of the impeachment saga, reported that House
investigators later found in the files of the independent prosecutor
that Jones’ lawyers had collected the names of 21 different women they
suspected had had a sexual relationship with Clinton.
Baker described the files as “wild allegations, sometimes based on nothing more than hearsay claims of third-party witnesses”.
But
there were some allegations (page 138) that suggested unwelcome
advances: “One woman was alleged to have been asked by Clinton to give
him oral sex in a car while he was the state attorney general (a claim
she denied). A former Arkansas state employee said that during a
presentation, then-Governor Clinton walked behind her and rubbed his
pelvis up against her repeatedly. A woman identified as a third cousin
of Clinton’s supposedly told her drug counsellor during treatment in
Arkansas that she was abused by Clinton when she was baby-sitting at the
Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.”
The Bottom Line
Trump’s
claim is a bit too vague for a fact check. In any case, we imagine
readers will have widely divergent reactions to this list of admitted
affairs and unproven allegations of unwanted sexual encounters. But at
least you now know the specific cases that Trump is referencing.

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