Clinton blames Republicans for not apologizing


AFP

U.S. President Bill Clinton criticized Republicans for not apologizing for his 1998 impeachment, saying they were trying to create a �constitutional crisis,?in an interview released Monday. �The Republicans were trying to precipitate this great constitutional crisis for political advantage,?Clinton told Esquire magazine in an interview that appears on the magazine�s Web site. �They never apologized to the country for impeachment, they never apologized for all the things they�ve done,?he added. The president went on to say that the Republicans �haven�t necessarily put their abuse of power behind them.? The interview, in which the outgoing president looks back at his years in the White House, portions of which were leaked to other media over the weekend, has become the latest talk of the town because it contains comments on a subject that Democrats have been trying to avoid during the election campaign. The magazine also features an unusual cover photograph of Clinton with a smug smile on his face, sitting in a pose that some view as provocative. The Democratic presidential nominee and Vice President, Al Gore, has been trying to distance himself from Clinton to avoid the impeachment scandal rubbing off on him. On Monday, Clinton said Esquire had broken its promise to hold the interview until after election day, November 7. �I was promised faithfully that that interview would be released after the election,?the president told reporters at the White House. He said the American people should focus on the election rather than the events of two years ago. �I would just urge the American people, if they�re hearing all this talk, to read exactly what was said,?Clinton said. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from his admitted affair with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern.