Monica Lewinsky said in a new interview that the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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 ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees 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 PelosiRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget   'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement 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 BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE, a leading 2020 White House hopeful, and his son. 

No evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens has surfaced.