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Gennifer Flowers

Gennifer Flowers

On January 17, 1992 as Bill Clinton was campaigning before the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the New York Post, New York Daily News, the Boston Herald and the Fox TV Network began reporting a story from an upcoming issue of the tabloid "Star." The story quoted Larry Nichols' allegations that Clinton had had affairs with at least five women. Nichols had first made the allegations in 1990. Questioned by reporters, Clinton called the story "totally bogus." After both Bill and Hillary denounced the story during a joint appearance in Bedford, New Hampshire on January 18, most major news outlets picked up the "Star" story and the denials. On January 23, the "Star" leaked an upcoming article in which an Arkansas State employee, Gennifer Flowers, alleged (in a paid interview) she had a 12-year affair with Clinton. The next day, Clinton said "The allegations in the Star are not true...She's obviously taken money to change her story."

Clinton and his wife appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes program on January 26, the night of the Super Bowl. Clinton said Flowers was a "friendly acquaintance" and they spoke on the phone a number of times after her name surfaced in rumors about his personal life.

The Flowers story prompted Clinton to again acknowledge having had marital difficulties in the past. During the "60 Minutes" he said: "You know, I have acknowledged wrongdoing. I have acknowledged causing pain in my marriage. I think most Americans who are watching this tonight, they'll know what we're saying, they'll get it, and they'll feel we have been more than candid." Hillary said: "I love him, and I respect him and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."

Clinton accused the press of playing a "game of gotcha" and argued that the press scrutiny would have been less if he had gotten a divorce rather than trying to work out his problems with his wife. The Clinton interview was seen by an estimated 34 million people.

Clinton said the standard for media coverage of his personal life should be current status of his marriage. Clinton later said he was running for president "on my life's work, not my life story."

On January 27, 1992 Flowers told a news conference that Clinton was "absolutely lying." She was fired from her state job on January 29 for unexcused absences. The Gennifer stories were published in the January 28, February 4, and February 11, 1992 issues of "Star." Some contained purported transcripts of telephone recordings between Flowers and Clinton. In one conversation, Clinton agrees when Gennifer refers to New York Governor Mario Cuomo as a "Mafioso" and a "mean son of a bitch." Clinton issued a statement apologizing to Cuomo.



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