WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the “gutsiest” personal thing she's ever done was "stay in my marriage."
The frank comments from Clinton came as she and her daughter, Chelsea, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote their new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women.”
At the end of the joint interview, host Amy Robach asked Clinton “what's the gutsiest thing you've ever done?"
“Ah, boy, I think the gutsiest thing I've ever done — well, personally, make the decision to stay in my marriage,” Clinton answered. “Publicly, politically, run for president. And keep going. Just get up every day and keep going.”
The former First Lady, who was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has been married to former President Bill Clinton for more than 40 years.
While Bill Clinton was president, he engaged in a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and was eventually impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice in the wake of the extramarital affair. However, the Senate acquitted him of both charges, and Clinton went on to serve the remainder of his second term in office.
.@HillaryClinton says the gutsiest decision she ever made in her personal life was to stay in her marriage.
“Personally, make the decision to stay in my marriage. Publicly, politically, run for president.”https://t.co/W1vUNMab63 pic.twitter.com/LoFtukea6R
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 1, 2019
Chelsea Clinton, when asked the same question after her mother, said she was “overwhelmed by my mother's answer that I'm a bit out of words.”
Clinton also told ABC that she had not been questioned in relation to recent reports that the Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former State Department officials who sent emails to her private email address.
“I think it's an unfortunate diversion,” Clinton said. “You go and you talk to people who've been experienced diplomats for many years, and then you retroactively classify what they said 10 years ago? I think it's really a shame that they're doing that, and hopefully people will not be distracted.”
Yes, I am famously under-scrutinized. https://t.co/OtvP8nYwoK
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 1, 2019
On Tuesday, Clinton also sarcastically responded to Rudy Guiliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, who invoked the Clinton Foundation while defending his involvement in the Ukraine controversy that has led to an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
“WP [Washington Post], NBC, and CNN are going after me because I’m the messenger, and covering up the message, Dem corruption,” Giuliani tweeted. “Meanwhile, they have yet to ask Biden difficult questions because he is protected and immune like the Clintons and crooked Clinton Foundation!”
Clinton quote-tweeted his statement and quipped, “Yes, I am famously under-scrutinized.”
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