- The Washington Times - Friday, November 17, 2017

A former adviser to Hillary Clinton blasted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for saying on Thursday that Bill Clinton should’ve resigned after his relationship with an intern was revealed during his presidency.

“Yes, I think that is the appropriate response,” Ms. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, told The New York Times when asked if Mr. Clinton should’ve stepped down after his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, then in her early 20s, was revealed.

Ms. Gillibrand did tell the newspaper that she believed circumstances are different today, however, and what is now deemed a “fireable offense” was more tolerated in the 1990s.

“Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Ms. Gillibrand told The New York Times. “And 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.”

Philippe Reines, a former Clinton adviser, accused Ms. Gillibrand of being hypocritical for accepting donations and endorsements from both Hillary Clinton and her husband for several years.

“Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual blowjob. Senate voted to keep POTUS WJC. But not enough for you @SenGillibrand? Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck,” he tweeted.

The issue of sexual harassment and inappropriate relationships in the workplace has dominated the national discussion in wake of bombshell allegations in Hollywood and media circles.

The topic reached Capitol Hill on Thursday with a television and radio host accusing Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, of groping during a USO tour in 2006.

Several women also came out against President Trump during the 2016 campaign, claiming he had made inappropriate sexual advances toward them.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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