President Bill Clinton in the White House 1998 from part 4 of Fox News' series Scandalous

Fox News’ new series Scandalous, which is devoting its first seven parts to the scandals of Hillary and President Bill Clinton that led to the latter’s impeachment trial, continues on Sunday, February 11 at 8 P.M. E.T and P.T. The Feb. 11th installment is titled “Developing” and it focuses on 1998 when President Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was exposed, consuming the country for more than a year.

A news release emailed to media reporters by Fox News on February 8 described “Developing:”

This weekend on the fourth installment of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Scandalous  the show will chronicle the days leading up to the deposition in the case of former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. Taking place in 1998, Scandalous will spotlight then-President Bill Clinton’s public denial of sexual relations with then-White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The episode will dive deep into the Office of the Independent Counsel as they are tipped off to recorded conversations detailing the affair from former civil servant, Linda Tripp.  While Clinton is preparing for the deposition, then-Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr is working to catch him in a lie before the date approaches. Episode four will feature Paula Jones advisor Susan Carpenter, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), along with former Independent Counsel Deputy’s Robert J. Bittman and Solomon L. Wisenberg.

As a preview, Fox News has made available three video clips from the program.

Clip 1:

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Solomon L. Wisenberg:

He knows he is in big trouble. What does Judge Susan Webber Wright remind him when the deposition is over? Don’t talk about your testimony with any potential witnesses.”

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Robert J. Bittman:

Betty Currie does not normally work weekends.”

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Solomon L. Wisenberg:

What does the president do? He calls Betty Currie over.”

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Robert J. Bittman:

So she went into the office that Sunday and then he proceeded to walk her through several statements.”

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Solomon L. Wisenberg:  

He not only is violating what Judge Susan Webber Wright told him to do. He is coaching the witness and telling that witness to lie.”

Former United States civil servant, Linda Tripp:

She was the chief solicitor and the protectors literally tried to protect him from himself. They were loyal to the nth degree, but they knew that this was wrong, that it would be Armageddon if it ever came out.”

Former Deputy Independent Counsel, Solomon L. Wisenberg:

He had never had to be careful before. It was generally understood in Washington, that a person’s private sexual life wasn’t appropriate for public discussion, in a public arena.”

Clip 2:

Former Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott (R-MS):

When we heard that statement, wagging his finger, it was not believable.”

FOX News senior political analyst, Brit Hume:

A lot of people thought he was toast. He couldn’t survive a scandal like this.”

FOX News media reporter and host of MediaBuzz, Howard Kurtz:

On the day that he wagged his finger, he set up a lie that the entire investigative machinery of the media set out to prove was false. That set up a battle, not just between Bill Clinton and Ken Starr, but between Bill Clinton and the forces of the mainstream media.”

Former California Congressman, James Rogan (R):

It was a very bizarre mood in the House of Representatives. On the Republican side, Speaker Gingrich critically told Republicans don’t gloat, don’t try to make an issue of this. Among my Democratic colleagues there were a lot of people that were just apoplectic about this.”

Former Nebraska Senator, Bob Kerrey (D)

Massively disappointed and angry. You put a lot of risk when you do something like that. It is not like you are running a hotdog stand, you are running the country.”

Clip 3:

Former Paula Jones advisor, Susan Carpenter:

It was mob city, there must have been 600 people from the media. Steve, Paula’s husband just looked like he was a deer in headlights and Paula didn’t know what to do. So I finally got out and I just started pushing people aside. Move, move, move.”

As I started to go in, a man shut the door in my face. So here I am, outside with the press the whole day. Which when you look back it, was kind of a stupid thing on their part.”

End of Fox News news release.

The first three episodes of Scandalous performed extremely well in the ratings, handily beating the competition (CNN and MSNBC) by wide margins and emerging as the number one rated program on the three major cable news channels on the Sundays that it aired. After the showing of part 4 on February 11th, the remaining parts 5-7 of the series that are focusing on the Clintons will run for three more Sundays through March 4th.

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