Linda Tripp, secretly recorded telephone calls from Monica Lewinsky regarding her meetings with Bill Clinton. At the time, Tripp knew of yet another White House staffer who was having an affair with Clinton.
Tripp says, “I watched a lying president and a lying first lady present falsehoods to the American people. So my dismay predated the January 1998 period when the Monica Lewinsky scandal surfaced. To me, it was very important that the American people see what I was seeing. My years with the Clintons were so disturbing, on so many levels.”
Tripp says that Hillary Clinton viciously targeted Bill’s women accusers.
When the Lewinsky episode became public knowledge, Tripp said she feared for both her life and for Lewinsky’s.
“I say today and I will continue to say that I believe Monica Lewinsky is alive today because of choices I made and action I took. That may sound melodramatic to your listeners. I can only say that from my perspective I believe that she and I at the time were in danger, because nothing stands in the way of these people achieving their political ends,” she said. “I think that had it not become public when it did, particularly in light of the Paula Jones lawsuit, which was coming to a head with President Clinton’s deposition, that we may well have met with, um…an accident. It’s a situation, where unless you lived it as I did, you would have no real framework of reference for this sort of situation.”