Monica Lewinsky features in docuseries 'The Impeachment of Bill Clinton' that comes out this November
Twenty years after impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton were initiated, the docuseries will look at the period from the prism of the #MeToo movement
'The Impeachment of Bill Clinton' (working title) is in the works and includes never-before-seen footage of of the former US president and Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern whose life was turned upside down by special counsel Ken Starr’s investigation. The new docu-series will also feature new interviews with Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick, who alleged that Clinton raped her in 1978.
The six-hour series from Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and directed by Blair Foster (Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge) will premiere on November 18 on A&E and air over three nights.
The series that's coming after 20 years of Bill Clinton's impeachment -- where the Senate did not come to the necessary 2/3 majority agreement to fully process it, is now an explosive story that A&E is producing and strives to be the definitive examination of the investigation that consumed the national media and forever altered the lives of the people involved.
Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming at A&E, calls it “a real-life political thriller and the most in-depth and intimate account of how one of the biggest scandals in our nation’s history unfolded, forever changing the landscape of American politics.”
You will see revealing interviews with Lewinsky and a take on new relevance in the wake of #MeToo when another special counsel investigation is looking into the current president. It is the first time Lewinsky, who has re-emerged in recent years, has talked so candidly about her experiences. She sat for several interviews with Foster and Gibney, executive producer of the miniseries, Jemima Khan, who also founded Instinct Productions with Henrietta Conrad and who worked with Gibney on the Wikileaks film 'We Steal Secrets.'
The Hollywood Reporter reports that now 45-year-old Lewinsky speaks about betrayal, as her friend Linda Tripp secretly recorded their conversations, of being in love with Clinton. "She details how they would arrange to meet with the help of Clinton’s personal secretary, Betty Currie. and that fateful tryst during which she was wearing the blue Gap dress. She went out to dinner that night with friends, she recalls in the film, and no one commented that she had “stuff” all over her dress."
By the time the series will be ready for the world, Foster will have conducted more than 60 interviews including with Clinton accusers Jones, Willey and Broaddrick, as well as several people close to the Clintons, such as lawyer Jane Sherburne and campaign strategist James Carville, though not the Clintons themselves.
“We would have loved to interview them,” Foster tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They’re certainly aware of the project.” She has not yet given up on the Clintons, or Linda Tripp, although Tripp has turned her down multiple times. But she acknowledges that the Clintons are highly unlikely.
“My goal for this series was to do a deep dive into the facts and speak to as many people as possible who were involved,” says Foster. “The deeper I got the clearer it became that this series is as much about the present day as it is about the 1990s.”