On April 8, 2020, the person who played a key role in the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, Linda Tripp passed away. On the day prior to her death, it was announced that Tripp was gravely ill. The 70-year-old died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Some consider her to be a whistleblower for exposing Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky. Lewinsky was a White House intern during Clinton’s presidency. Tripp had been friends with Lewinsky; upon hearing about the affair, Tripp began secretly recording Lewinsky’s confessions.
She then gave those recordings to Kenneth Starr, who was the Independent Counsel at the time. This ultimately led to the investigation and impeachment of Clinton.
At a whistleblower’s event in 2018, Tripp said: “I know what it’s like to be in the crosshairs of the most powerful person in the world, to be attacked viciously, not because I said something untrue, but because I said something people did not want to hear. And it was about a popular president. To politicians, only sides matter, and the truth becomes a tragedy.”
By Sheena Robertson
Rollingstone: Linda Tripp, Key Figure in Clinton/Lewinsky Scandal, Dead at 70
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