Lynne Cheney Suggests the Clintons Are Behind the Monica Lewinsky Essay
Former Second Lady Lynne Cheney attacked Bill and Hillary Clinton with the bizarre accusation that they're behind the Monica Lewinsky essay that will be published in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Cheney claims that the Clintons are trying to get the story out of the way, so it would not become as big of an issue during a presidential election.
For the first time, Lewinsky is talking about the affair in detail.
Cheney appeared on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" and said, "I really wonder if this isn't an effort on the Clintons' part to get that story out of the way." She also asked guest host Laura Ingraham if "Vanity Fair published anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn't want in Vanity Fair?”
"Getting it out of the way so they can say one time 'it's old news' seems to me like a strategy or a tactic, perhaps," she said.
Cheney noted that Senator Rand Paul, who is considering a 2016 run for President has already raised the issue of Bill Clinton’s “predatory behavior” on political talk shows, suggesting that the 16-year-old affair may be used as a political issue by the Republicans.
Ruth Marcus, an opinion columnist for The Washington Post mirrors Cheney's belief that the timing of this essay is beneficial to the Clintons, but did not go so far as to say the former First Family was behind it. "She just did Hillary Clinton a big favor," said Marcus.
"[H]er piece defuses Paul’s line of attack. And it does so before any Clinton presidential announcement," she continued.
The May 8, 2014 digital edition and May 13 newsstand edition of Vanity Fair will contain Lewinsky's essay, entitled "Shame and Survival."