What to Know About Linda Tripp, a Key Player in the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

What to Know About Linda Tripp, a Key Player in the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

9/11/2021 12:04:00 PM

What to Know About Linda Tripp, a Key Player in the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

As Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres, here's a lowdown on the White House staffer-turned-whistleblower.

In January of 1998, Tripp turned her tapes over to Kenneth Starr, the independent prosecutor in charge of the Clinton investigation. This bombshell piece of evidence set into motion a chain of events that ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment by the House in December of 1998. He was acquitted by the Senate three months later.

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At the end of Lewinsky's testimony about the scandal, according to, she was reportedly asked if she had any final comments. Tearfully, she answered:"I hate Linda Tripp."Tripp claimed that she was acting out of"patriotic duty"Despite being condemned in many circles for her duplicity, and narrowly avoiding criminal charges, Tripp always maintained that she had no regrets about secretly recording Lewinsky.

“It was worth it to me to do what I considered to be my patriotic duty,” Tripp told NBC News’sTodayThe New York Post. She added that if someone did to her 23-year-old daughter what she'd done to Lewinsky, she would thank them. Tripp largely disappeared from the public eye after that. headtopics.com

In 2018, Tripp gave her first public statement in almost two decades, speaking to reporters to mark National Whistleblower Day. According to, she said that her only regret about revealing the affair was"not having the guts to do it sooner," and added that she'd been the victim of"a real high-tech lynching" in the wake of the trial.

Also in 2018, Tripp gave a rare interview to Slate'spodcast, and discussed her role in the scandal. She told host Leon Neyfakh that she saw Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky as a horrific abuse of power."How it was presented to the country initially is how it continues to be referred to today, which is an

affair, the Lewinsky affair," she said."But by virtue of using that word, one assumes it was in some way an actual relationship of sorts—romantic, physical, whatever, it was a relationship—which couldn’t be farther from the truth. What it was was a series of encounters to address a physical need, a use of a young girl, and then the sort of cold, hard dismissal of her on any human level."

Sarah Paulson as Tripp inImpeachmentFXTripp died last year at the age of 70.On April 7, 2020, news reports began to claim that Tripp was on her deathbed. Her daughter, Allison Tripp Foley,, writing:"My mommy is leaving this earth. I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache. Please pray for a painless process for the strongest woman I will ever know in my entire lifetime. headtopics.com

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In response to the news, Lewinskytweeted:"No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.” Read more: ELLE Magazine (US) »

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What to Know About Linda Tripp, a Key Player in the Clinton-Lewinsky ScandalAs Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres, here's a lowdown on the White House staffer-turned-whistleblower.

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