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May192016

Clinton Campaign Slams Donald Trump's Rape Accusation Against Bill Clinton

Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton's press secretary said that Donald Trump's claim that former President Bill Clinton may have been accused of rape is just another example of the real estate mogul lashing out.

"Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain. If that’s the kind of campaign he wants to run, that’s his choice," press secretary Nick Merrill said in a statement released shortly after Trump made the accusation.

"Hillary Clinton is running a campaign to be President for all of America. It’s not surprising that after a week of still refusing to release his taxes and likening Oakland and Ferguson to the dangers in Iraq, of course he wants to change the subject. So while he licks his wounds, we'll continue to focus on improving the lives of the American people," Merrill added.

The accusation came up during the presumptive Republican nominee's interview with conservative talk host Sean Hannity.

The situation that Trump and Hannity were referencing first surfaced in 1999 and was publicly denied by Bill Clinton's personal lawyer at the time, David E. Kendell, who called them "absolutely false," according to a New York Times article from that period.

As he was about to leave the White House, Bill Clinton agreed to have his Arkansas law license suspended for five years and pay a $25,000 fine, in connection with the Whitewater investigation.

Early Thursday morning, Hillary Clinton sent out a fundraising email in her name to supporters, and though she didn’t specifically address the Fox interview, she did mention Trump.

"I am not afraid of Donald Trump," she wrote in the email. "He can attack me as much as he wants -- I know I can take it. But we won't let his attacks against Americans based on their ethnicity, their gender, or the faith they practice go unanswered."

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