Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Sunday said that he stood behind a conspiracy theory that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be behind Vanity Fair's recent Monica Lewinsky essay, but then quickly changed the subject to Benghazi.
May 11, 2014

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Sunday said that he stood behind a conspiracy theory that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be behind Vanity Fair's recent Monica Lewinsky essay, but then quickly changed the subject to Benghazi.

In a recently column, Kristol's publication had asserted that "Lewinsky’s reemergence now—months before Hillary is likely to declare her candidacy—is probably being stage-managed by some division or other of the vast pro--Hillary conspiracy, whether Lewinsky knows she’s a pawn or not."

During a panel segment on Sunday, it was clear that ABC host Martha Raddatz found the conspiracy theory preposterous.

"I stand with that guess," Kristol said. "It's a little ironic, we're having a little lightheartedness."

"Okay, how would that work, this conspiracy?" Raddatz pressed. "Do you sit down with the Vanity Fair editor?"

"Well, you could," Kristol declared. "I think -- I believe Hillary Clinton knows the editors, and the publisher of Vanity Fair. But that's not the issue. And I don't think Monica Lewinsky will be an issue one way or another."

"Benghazi is a serious issue, Boko Haram is a serious issue," he added. "Monica Lewinsky isn't."

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