In a rare rebuke inside party lines, New York Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told The New York Times on Thursday said that former President Bill Clinton should have stepped down after his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public 20 years ago.
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Gillibrand — who has long ties to the Clintons of Chappaqua and is seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2020 -- said times have changed and there is less tolerance for similar misbehavior in the current political climate: "I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him,” New York's senator told The TImes.
Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives but there were not enough votes in the U.S. Senate to convict him of wrongdoing and force him from his second-term as president.
Gillibrand's remarks prompted a rebuke as reported by Politico here from Philippe Reines, a top adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who moved to Chappaqua before becoming a U.S. senator. Reines derided Gillibrand on Twitter as a hypocrite who had taken the Clinton's endorsements, money and Mrs. Clinton's Senate seat.
"Senate voted to keep POTUS WJC," Reines tweeted. "But not enough for you @SenGillibrand? Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite."
Reines added, "Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck."
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