PBS documentary 'Clinton' puts focus back on Monica Lewinsky

Feb. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM ET

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President Clinton hugs Monica Lewinsky during a rally at the White House on Nov. 6, 1996.

If watching Newt Gingrich during the race for the Republican presidential nomination has you longing for political days gone by, you'll want to tune into PBS on Monday for "Clinton."

Former President Bill Clinton is the subject of the new two-part, four-hour documentary, but Monica Lewinsky -- the intern at the center of his 1998 impeachment scandal -- will likely generate the most buzz. Interviews with former advisors shed new light on Clinton's thinking when it came to the 23-year-old who nearly ended his presidency.

The Guardian reports that loyal Clinton adviser Dick Morris revisits the moment Clinton told him just before evidence of his affair with Lewinsky was about to be made public.

"Bill said to me: 'Ever since I got to the White House I have had to shut down my body,' " said Morris, adding that the president told him he had been weak regarding Lewinsky and had done enough with her to be in serious trouble.

Robert Reich, the former labor secretary, is another of those who worked alongside Clinton and was shocked by the affair. "He would not be so stupid as to jeopardize his whole presidency, I felt," Reich said. "That was not the man I knew."

Lewinsky herself is not interviewed in the program.

The Los Angeles Times notes that Lewinsky, who left the U.S. for London in 2005, has kept a very low profile in recent years.

"Clinton" airs Monday at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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