'I do not think it would be an issue, ' he replied, adding 'Because people would be using facts instead of imagined facts.
"What you saw there, I think, is the end of Bill Clinton's life as a public figure in this country", Schmidt said.
"This is not the statement of accountability I wish he would've shown", said Jennifer Freyd, a professor of psychology at the University of OR who has written about the way perpetrators and institutions defend themselves against misconduct allegations.
"Clinton grew defensive when Melvin asked him to review the case against him in light of the current "#metoo" movement, referencing an essay Lewinsky penned in Vanity Fair earlier this year, suggesting Clinton may have abused his power to his advantage.
Clinton said he would not have changed the way that he handled the scandal, as it unfolded in 1998.
Accusations of sexual misconduct, most famously his affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern, have been given fresh scrutiny in recent months as a series of high-profile men in entertainment, media and politics have faced consequences for allegations of misbehavior.
Asked about the stark contrast in press coverage between Mr. Obama and President Trump, Mr. Clinton agreed that there was a different standard. "We really tried to make it as accurate as possible", Clinton says.
"I am in awe of the sheer courage of the women who have stood up and begun to confront entrenched beliefs and institutions", Lewinsky, now 44, wrote.
"It's way overdue", he said. This was litigated 20 years ago. "He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better", she wrote.
Of course, numerous allegations against Weinstein, against other Hollywood and media men, and against Trump are descriptions of incidents that happened one, two, or even more decades ago.