WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than two decades have passed since Monica Lewinsky was hired as a White House intern. After fulfilling that position, Lewinsky advanced her way up through the Clinton Administration as an employee of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. During that time, President Clinton broadly interpreted Lewinsky’s responsibilities in “legislative affairs” to include engaging in executive affairs. Lewinsky gladly accepted, although that position would require her to begin from the ground up.
Lewinsky was delighted to perform all duties that came with the job, both covert and undercover. This led to longer and harder working hours to include evenings and weekends. As a result, the pair developed a personal relationship, although according to Mr. Clinton, he did not have sexual relations with that woman.
Clinton was not always an easy boss to work for, having a reputation for blowing his lid from time to time. During these incidents, he would often retire to the restroom in an effort to cool down and prevent from blowing up in the presence of his underling.
After one such incident, however, Clinton managed to leave traces of semen on a blue dress Lewinsky owned. That dress was entered into oral evidence and hard testimony during investigations held by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and became the focus of media reports and the butt of many jokes.
About a decade after Clinton’s impeachment, the government was forced to return Lewinsky her dress, which she has kept under lock and key in an undisclosed location. But because of the historical significance and magnitude of the article of clothing as it relates to Clinton’s prosecution, Lewinsky has recently agreed to release ownership of the dress to the Smithsonian Institution.
“Ms. Lewinsky feels that donating the dress to the Smithsonian is necessary to preserve an important element of American history,” said Lewinsky’s publicist Jennifer Caldwell.
On last week’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd grilled Mrs. Clinton about the donation.
“This remains a deeply touchy issue for our family, and to this day I find it very hard to swallow that the Republicans aren’t behind this,” Mrs. Clinton replied.
‘The timing is at the very least suspect,” she said.