If you do not know who this is consider yourself lucky.
Courtesy of The Daily Mail:
Linda Tripp died this morning with her husband and daughter at her bedside, DailyMail.com has learned.
Tripp, whose taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky nearly brought down the Clinton presidency, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a week ago when she took herself to hospital suffering from stomach pains.
Husband Dieter Rausch and their daughter Allison Foley were the only relatives allowed to be in Tripp’s room in the ICU due to coronavirus protocols.
When news of Tripp being ‘near death’ broke, Lewinsky, 46, acknowledged Tripp in her own social media message on Wednesday.
‘No matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery,’ Lewinsky tweeted. ‘I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.’
In 1999, Lewinsky gave evidence against Tripp after details of their private conversations were revealed to the world.
Tripp had grown close to the then-intern at the White House and secretly recorded their conversations.
She eventually revealed that ‘the president has a girlfriend’ and used the recordings to back her up. She opened up on the condition of immunity.
But one recording handed to the media before she was granted immunity got her in hot water. Tripp faced charges for illegally recording Lewinski and providing the tape to Newsweek.
In court at the time Lewinsky spoke of how she felt betrayed and said: ‘I hate Linda Tripp.’
That recording, along with the semen-stained dress that Tripp convinced Lewinsky not to launder, eventually led to Presidnet Clinton’s impeachment.
I remember when this whole thing unfolded so many years before the MeToo movement.
Those were certainly different times, and I as a Clinton supporter could not have been angrier at the Republican party, Ken Starr, and Linda Tripp.
Looking back on it now, so many years later, my feelings about Bill Clinton have changed, but I am still angry about how all of this played out.
The Republicans were digging for dirt on Clinton from the minute that he took office, and Linda Trump provided it for them.
Still, Bill Clinton played a dangerous game, and he got caught, which should serve as a lesson to powerful men everywhere.