Linda Tripp, the whistleblower who told secrets that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton is dead. According to reports, Tripp died from pancreatic cancer yesterday after being diagnosed with the illness last week. She was 70.
Back in the 90’s the Tripp befriended Monica Lewinsky after she was reassigned to the Pentagon. The two connected and Lewinsky then confided to Tripp about her affair with President Clinton. That ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998. As much as Lewinsky was lambasted for her role in the scandal, Tripp was also vilified. She left public service in 2001.
Prior to the confirmation of her passing, Lewinsky commented as news broke that Tripp was near death. “No matter the past,” she offered via Twitter. “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.”
In 2018, Tripp said it was her duty to turn over tape recordings of her conversations with Lewinsky. Tripp said she upheld her oath by coming forward because the President of the United States had committed perjury and obstructed justice. She maintained it was never about politics, but about right and wrong – and said she had wished she had come forward sooner.
Source: USA Today
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