Despite their age difference of 24 years, Tripp became Monica Lewinsky's close confidant at the government office in Washington, DC where they both worked. After Lewinsky revealed to Tripp that she had had a physical relationship with President Clinton, Tripp began to record her phone conversations with Lewinsky while encouraging Lewinsky to document details of the relationship.
Tripp then gave these tapes to then-Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who launched an investigation into the Clinton-Lewinsky relationship, looking for potential incidents of perjury based on Clinton's testimony in the lawsuit Paula Jones had brought against Clinton.
While Tripp maintains she acted out of "patriotic duty," many Americans believe her to have betrayed Lewinsky in the hopes of using her knowledge of the relationship to obtain a possible book or movie deal, neither of which has occurred up to this time. At the time of the Lewinsky scandal, Tripp lived in Columbia, Maryland. She has since moved to northern Virginia and has opened a gift shop.
- Office of the Independent Counsel
- Bill Clinton
- Whitewater scandal
- Starr report
- This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Linda Tripp"