WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she made the right choice in forgiving her husband for his White House affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Speaking to BBC Radio Thursday, the former first lady said it was difficult to forgive former President Bill Clinton for the 1998 affair he had with Lewinsky while she was a White House intern.

“Forgiveness is a choice and I fully respect those who don’t make that choice, for whatever reason,” Hillary Clinton told BBC Radio. “But for me it was absolutely the right choice. And it is something that is incredibly difficult but I am grateful every day that that’s the choice that I’ve made.”

Clinton stated she reached out to others on if they could forgive if their loved ones had an affair.

“I have counseled others to see if, in their own hearts, they can also do that. If they can’t fine, but even if they do and then choose a different path, fine as well,” she told BBC Radio.

Clinton added that her family and the country have moved on from the scandal.

In May, Lewinsky penned a story for Vanity Fair, opening up about the affair that captured the world’s attention and almost cost Bill Clinton his presidency.

“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Lewinsky wrote. “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

Lewinsky wrote that the former president did take advantage of her, but that it was a consensual relationship.

“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position,” Lewinsky wrote. “The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Hillary Clinton told ABC News in June that it’s “probably likely” she will not make an announcement until 2015 whether she runs for the White House.


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