Former federal employee Linda Tripp, known for her part in exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, passed away this month, The New York Post has reported. She was 70 years old.
“My mommy is leaving this earth. I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache,” Foley lamented. “Please pray for a painless process for the strongest woman I will ever know in my entire lifetime.”
Not related to coronavirus
Tripp’s son-in-law, Thomas Foley, confirmed to the Post that her death on April 8 was not related to coronavirus, although he was reluctant to go into any more detail.
“Look it’s hard to talk right now,” he told the paper. “Linda has passed on. She fought on as hard as she could. “We just have to let all the grandkids know as it was so sudden.”
Fox News also reported on Tripp’s passing. Her former attorney, Joseph Murtha, told the network, “Sadly, Linda did pass away today. I am not in a position to provide any details.” However, Tripp had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
Tripp’s former friend Monica Lewinsky offered public words of support when she learned that Tripp was in poor health. “[N]o matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery,” Lewinsky tweeted on April 8. “[I] can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.”
Exposing Bill Clinton
Tripp met Lewinsky when both were working at the Pentagon. After Lewinsky began to speak of her affair with then-President Bill Clinton, Tripp began surreptitiously recording their conversations, with her recordings eventually being turned over to Independent Counsel Ken Starr.
Previously, Tripp had told journalist Michael Isikoff that she had seen White House aide Kathleen Willey looking “disheveled” as she emerged from the Oval Office, noting that “her face red and her lipstick was off.” Willey accused Clinton of groping and biting her, a claim that she still holds.
Tripp was later indicted by the state of Maryland for violating its two party consent recording law, although the charges were ultimately dropped.
No fan of the Clintons, Tripp gave an explosive interview to the Daily Mail in 2015. “Their focus has always been power and the accumulation of that power,” Tripp said.
“When I came forward it was not simply because of Monica Lewinsky,” she explained. “It was because of a culmination of years of so much corruption. So much the opposite of what was being presented to the American people, it was so completely different than what was going on behind closed doors.”