WASHINGTON | Linda Tripp, one of the main protagonists of the “scandal Lewinsky” that has earned a trial in the impeachment of the former american president Bill Clinton, died Wednesday, indicated to theAFP, his former lawyer.
Joseph Murtha has not clarified the causes of the death of his former client, but according to his relatives, as cited in the american media, Ms. Tripp, 70 years old, suffered from cancer of the pancreas.
In 1996, while employed at the Pentagon, she had bound of friendship with a new colleague, Monica Lewinsky, a former intern of the White House at age 22
It told her about his liaison with the democratic president. Unbeknownst to the young woman, Linda Tripp had recorded from 1997 her confidence. She had also convinced her to keep a blue dress soiled with the cum of the president.
She had then delivered the records and the information on the dress to the special prosecutor, Kenneth Starr who was investigating since 1994 on Bill Clinton, initially on suspicion of corruption and sexual harassment.
The prosecutor, whose investigation stalled, was seized to accuse the president of perjury, having denied under oath having had a sexual relationship with his intern.
This investigation led the House of representatives to return Bill Clinton on trial before the Senate. He had been acquitted in 1999.
Ms. Tripp was said to have acted by ” patriotism “, but had become in public opinion, the symbol of the false friend, traitresse.
In 2018, it defended its action in a podcast: “I have made the deliberate choice to say that this behavior was unacceptable on the part of the leader of the free world “.
A few hours before the announcement of his death, Monica Lewinsky had tweeted: “no matter the past, I learned that Linda Tripp is seriously ill, I hope she will recover “.