Former US President Bill Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky "because I could".

Clinton revealed all about the indiscretion in an American TV interview to coincide with the release of his autobiography MY LIFE.

Calling the affair "a terrible moral error", he told CBS reporter DAN RATHER, "I did something for the worst possible reason. Just because I could. I think that's just about the most morally indefensible reason anybody could have for doing anything."

Clinton says his family sought counselling after the scandal, which helped them come to terms with it.

But he remains bitter about his 1999 impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice - dubbing it "illegitimate" and an "abuse of power".

The show will be aired in America on Sunday (20JUN04).

17/06/2004 13:26