Monica Lewinsky said in a new interview that the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE has affected her personally, and that she has “become the punchline of a joke a little more than normal.”

Host Savannah Guthrie asked Lewinsky on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday whether the national conversation about impeachment has been hard on her or pulled her to a “dark place.” 

Lewinsky responded that she has found herself to be more sensitive in the last few weeks, adding that all Americans are affected by the process.


“Impeachment is a constitutional crisis, right? So obviously it’s much bigger than me, but, am I affected personally? Sure, of course. People are making comparisons to when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOvernight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' Biden rolls dice by getting more aggressive on vaccines Amanda Knox blasts 'Stillwater' movie: 'Does my name belong to me? MORE was impeached,” Lewinsky said.  

“I become the punchline of a joke a little more than normal, and I found myself the last few weeks, I’m certainly more sensitive. Some people in my world might say cranky — needed more self care — but I think the truth is like if we’re talking seriously about impeachment, we’re all affected in the country,” she continued.

Lewinsky, whose affair with former President Clinton was at the center of the his impeachment, appeared on the show to promote a new public service announcement targeting online bullying.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) officially launched an impeachment inquiry last month after a whistleblower raised concerns about Trump's contact with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During a call in July, Trump pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to launch a corruption investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE, a leading 2020 White House hopeful, and his son. 

No evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens has surfaced.