Linda Tripp whose discussion with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky paved the way to the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton in 1998 has died at the age of 70, according to the New York Post news.
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Linda Tripp’s son-in-law, Thomas Foley, reported her death to NYP, saying she had “passed on.” according to him, “She fought on as hard as she could. We just have to let all the grandkids know as it was so sudden.”
Linda Tripp’s daughter wrote on a Facebook post on Tuesday that her 70-year-old mother was “leaving this earth.” Allison Tripp Foley wrote, “I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache. Please pray for a painless process for the strongest woman I will ever know in my entire lifetime.”
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Lewinsky said she had hoped for Linda Tripp’s recovery “no matter the past.” “I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family,” she said.
Following Lewinsky’s revelation to Linda Tripp that she had a physical relationship with Clinton while she was an intern at the White House, Tripp began recording their conversations.
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She then forwarded the recorded clip to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was investigating Clinton. Although, President Clinton as he then was had denied the affair between him and Lewinsky, and the recordings were the foundation for perjury charges against him.
The charges led to Clinton’s impeached by the House in 1998.