CA Lewinsky says former President Bill Clinton lied under oath when he described their relationship during an impeachment trial, a new book claims.
The Death of American Virtue, by law professor Ken Gormley, is due to be published in February and also alleges that Clinton had a long-running affair with Susan McDougal, a key player in the Whitewater scandal.
Despite offering no concrete evidence of the affair, Gormley told Politico.com: 'I feel very, very comfortable with that conclusion after having conducted extensive interviews and seen documents that were not generally accessible to the public.
In an email to Gormley, Lewinsky made it clear she believes the president lied. 'There was no leeway [there] on the veracity of his statements because they asked him detailed and specific questions to which he answered untruthfully, she wrote.
The book reportedly paints an unflattering portrait of Clinton and independent counsel Kenneth Starr who led the inquiry into the affair. Clinton was impeached in 1998 but not thrown out of office.
According to Gormley, Starrs successor, Robert Ray, was prepared to indict Clinton after he left office in January 2001 unless he admitted to lying under oath about the Lewinsky relationship, the New York Daily News reported. Ray relented, but 'President Clinton would never fully grasp how close he came, Gormley claims. Clinton initially swore under oath that he 'did not have relations with Lewinsky but later admitted that he had misled the American public. Daily Mail