Linda Tripp, Key Figure in Clinton Impeachment, Dies at 70

Clay Curtis
April 9, 2020

Linda Tripp, who revealed the affair between then-intern Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton in 1998, died Wednesday at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer, according to reporting from The Daily Mail.

"No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery".

Tripp turned her secret tapes talking to Lewinsky about the alleged affair over to special counsel Ken Starr in exchange for immunity for illegal wiretapping.

She was later forced from her job, in which she was a political appointee, when Clinton left office in January 2001.

In August 1994, Tripp became a public affairs specialist at the Pentagon, where Lewinsky worked after being a White House intern.

On the final day of the Clinton presidency in 2001, Tripp was sacked from her job at the Pentagon.

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In 1988 Clinton ultimately was impeached by the House of Representatives and placed on trial in the Senate for lying and obstruction of justice.

Her son-in-law confirmed the development to the New York Post and other news outlets on Wednesday.

Ms Tripp has insisted that she provided the information to the Starr investigation out of patriotism, but critics accused her of betraying Ms Lewinsky's friendship and seeking to undermine the presidency. A friendship ensued and Lewinsky - 24 years younger than Tripp - began confiding in her co-worker about her sexual relationship with the president.

Hilde Lysiak of the Orange Street News, the 13-year-old reporter whose story inspired the Apple TV Plus series "Home Before Dark", broke the news Tuesday night, tweeting that family was at Tripp's bedside.

"It's paradise with complete autonomy and privacy, and that's how I like it", she told the outlet in 2017.

Speaking publicly in 2018, Tripp said she had just one regret: "Not having the guts to do it sooner".

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