Lynne Cheney: 'Vanity Fair' Helping Hillary Get Lewinsky Issue 'Out of the Way'

By Susan Jones | May 7, 2014 | 6:11am EDT

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( - Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, believes it's no accident that Monica Lewinsky is back in the headlines, almost 20 years after her White House affair with President Bill Clinton.

"I really wonder if this isn't an effort on the Clintons' part to get that story out of the way. Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn't want in Vanity Fair?" Mrs. Cheney said Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor.

Cheney noted that the magazine article on Lewinsky -- titled "Shame and Survival" -- comes as Hillary Clinton is gearing up for a presidential run: "Getting it out of the way so we can say one more time it's old news seems to me like a strategy or a tactic, perhaps."

In the article, Monica writes: "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, who is now 40, was 22 when her affair with President Bill Clinton began in 1995.

Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised the Lewinsky scandal on NBC's "Meet the Press."

“The media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this," Paul said in the January interview.

"He took advantage of a girl who was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn’t want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office…And then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a war on women?”

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