New Docs Reveal Keith Olbermann Apologized to Bill Clinton for Lewinsky Coverage

A batch of documents related to former president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary were released Friday, one of which shows an intriguing correspondence between Bill and Keith Olbermann.

The 19998 document appears to show a White House press aide communicating an apology from Olbermann, then an MSNBC host, to Clinton related to Olbermann’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“Keith Olbermann has written to POTUS [President of the United States] apologize for, ‘whatever part I may have played in perpetuating this ceaseless coverage (of the Lewinsky story)…. I’ll be heading back to my previous career in sports as quickly as possible,'” the document reads.

It includes a response from Bill: “Thanks so much for your kind message. I’ve been touched by the many expressions of encouragement and support I have received from friends across the country,” it reads. “I’m grateful you got in touch with me and I send my very best wishes.”

Olbermann has been quoted as saying that his coverage of the Lewinsky story would “make me ashamed, make me depressed, make me cry.”

Olbermann did indeed return to sports in 1998. From then until 2001, he worked for Fox Sports Net.

The new Clinton documents were released by the National Archives and were signed off on by the White House and the Clinton Presidential Library, according to Time.

h/t Michael Calderone

[Photo via MSNBC]

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