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How Did Monica Lewinsky Get Caught? The Lewinsky Tapes Part 1 - Phone Calls - Bill Clinton

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October 3, 1997Linda Rose Tripp (née Carotenuto; born November 24, 1949) is a former U.S. civil servant who figured in the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998/99 that led to the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton.Tripp's action in secretly recording Lewinsky's confidential phone calls about her relationship with the President caused a sensation, with their links to the earlier Jones v. Clinton lawsuit, and the disclosing of notably intimate details. But Tripp claimed that her motives were purely patriotic, and she was able to avoid a wiretap charge in exchange for handing in the tapes. She then claimed that her firing from the Pentagon at the end of the Clinton administration was vindictive, though it was shown to be a standard routine. But she was able to claim generous compensation for unauthorized revelations about her security clearance.Tripp works with her husband in a retail business in Middleburg, Virginia.Tripp was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She graduated in 1968 from Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, New Jersey.[1]Tripp was an Army Intelligence secretary at Fort Meade before being transferred to the Pentagon in 1987. Two years later she became an assistant for Delta Force.Tripp was a White House employee in the George H. W. Bush administration, and kept her job when Bill Clinton took over in 1993. During the summer of 1994, senior White House aides wanted Tripp out, so they arranged a job for her in the public affairs office in the Pentagon which gave her a raise of $20,000 per year.Tripp became a close confidante of another former White House employee, Monica Lewinsky, while they both worked in the Pentagon's public affairs office. According to Tripp, who is about 24 years older than Lewinsky, they knew one another for a year and a half before the scandal began to reach its critical stage. After Lewinsky revealed to Tripp that she had been in a physical relationship with President Clinton, Tripp, acting on the advice of literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, began to secretly record phone conversations with Lewinsky while encouraging Lewinsky to document details of her relationship with the president.In August 1997, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reported that Tripp said she had encountered Kathleen Willey coming out of the Oval Office "disheveled", with "her face red and her lipstick was off". Willey alleged that Clinton groped her. Clinton's lawyer, Robert S. Bennett said in the Newsweek article that "Linda Tripp is not to be believed."

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