AGENCIES, Washington: Linda Tripp, the woman who played a prominent role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 passed away on Wednesday. She was 70 and died of pancreatic cancer.
Tripp was a civil servant in the Pentagon when she became close to Monica Lewinsky as one of her confidants while working in Washington D.C. during Bill Clinton’s campaign. Lewinsky, who was a 22-year-old intern at the time, revealed to Tripp that she was having a sexual relationship with the President. Tripp rose to fame when she secretly recorded conversations of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998. Tripp also encouraged Lewinsky to document her relationship with the President.
Tripp, who has been called a “whistleblower” for revealing the relationship between Clinton and Lewinsky, defended herself against the allegations in 2018, saying she regretted “not having the guts to do it sooner.”
“It was always about right and wrong, never left and right,” Tripp told the Washington Post in an interview. “It was about exposing perjury and the obstruction of justice,” she continued. “It was never about politics.”
Tripp turned the tapes over to then-independent counsel Kenneth Starr in exchange for immunity from illegal wiretapping charges.
Using the information on Tripp’s recordings, Starr got approval from then-Attorney General Janet Reno and the special court overseeing the independent counsel to expand the investigation into the relationship between Lewinsky and Clinton.