Monica Lewinsky's parents say they found Clinton's friendly behaviour 'somewhat strange' when they met him at The White House
Bernard Lewinsky and his wife Marcia, in the A&E docuseries 'The Clinton Affair', said that the idea of their daughter working at The White House was almost unbelievable to them
Monica Lewinsky's parents have finally broken their silence over their daughter's brief affair with former president Bill Clinton and said that they were initially thrilled when they learned that Monica had gotten the internship at The White House, and that they were proud of her.
Bernard Lewinsky and his ex-wife Marcia, in the new A&E docuseries 'The Clinton Affair', said that the idea of their daughter working at The White House was almost unbelievable to them. They also described her as "gregarious, friendly, you'd know it when she was in the room."
"I'm an immigrant from El Salvador and it was awesome and unbelievable that she would be working at The White House," Bernard, the son of German Jews who fled to Central America during World War II, said.
In June 1996, Monica’s father, stepmother Barbara, and brother were invited to The White House — a few months before the family learned about the affair. During the tour, they met Clinton in The Oval Office. Clinton even posed for pictures with Monica and her family. Footage unearthed for the docuseries shows an intimate moment between Clinton and Monica — after posing for pictures with the family, the two are seen briefly holding hands as Monica leaves the office.
Monica's father described the meeting as odd and informal. "When we walked in, he was friendly, very familiar with us, and that felt somewhat strange," Bernard said in the docuseries. "But we accepted it. You know, we were so proud to be there and to see The Oval Office. Not everybody gets to do that."
Stepmom Barbara added: "When [Clinton] was positioning us for the photo shoot it seemed a little bit odd, a little bit odd."
Monica's sexual encounter with Clinton occurred when she was a 22-year-old intern at The White House in November 1995. Clinton was 49 years old at the time. The news of the duo's affair, however, broke in January 1998, which sparked federal investigations and an onslaught of media attention. The docuseries also detailed how some members of the department Monica was part of were surprised by the closeness and the intimacy between the duo.
Monica, in 'The Clinton Affair', revealed that the FBI forced her to help them in the investigation by threatening to prosecute her mother. She recalled how Kenneth Star's team and other federal agents told her that both she and her mother were facing 27 years in prison for lying about the affair.
"I kept asking 'could I call my mom?', they kept saying 'no," Monica said referring to the 12-hour interrogation inside a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton. "'You're 24, you don't need to call your mommy, you need to make a decision about what to do'," Monica recalled the agents telling her.
She then told the investigators: "Well you should learn I am leaning towards not cooperating," Monica recalled, adding that her statement is what made the agents threaten her and her family with imprisonment.
"'And then he said, 'Well, you should know, we're also thinking about prosecuting your mom for the things you said she did on the tape'," Monica recalled them saying, breaking down in tears.
The 24-year-old then informed the agents that she had to either call her mother or a lawyer before making a concrete decision of wearing a wire and having her calls monitored. She said that the men eventually gave in to her demands and she was allowed to call her mother through a pay phone in the local mall.
Monica said that her mother Marcia initially attempted to calm her down before she realized the gravity of the situation when her daughter said: "FBI... have me ... I'm in a hotel."