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Linda Tripp, the woman who exposed the affair between former president Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, has passed away.
The affair happened about two decades ago already. Isn’t that crazy, y’all?
The information of Tripp’s passing was due to her battle with pancreatic cancer and was only 70 years old. She was diagnosed less than a week ago after she had been suffering stomach pains.
According to The Washington Examiner:
“My mommy is leaving this earth. 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,” Allison Tripp Foley wrote, according to the New York Post.
A close friend of Tripp’s told the Daily Mail that she died Wednesday morning “with a smile on her face.” Her husband and daughter were at her bedside.
no matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) April 8, 2020
Good for Lewinsky for taking the high road.
Linda Tripp had recorded conversations between her and Lewinsky during Tripp’s time as a former White House aide. Lewinsky, at the time, was a White House intern.
The tapes evidenced perjury charges against Clinton as Lewinsky detailed her relations with Clinton and, when Clinton was questioned, he lied under oath.
Therefore, Clinton was acquitted in 1999 on articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice and lying under oath.
More from The Washington Examiner:
Tripp, 70, disappeared from public life after the scandal, moving to Middleburg, Virginia.
She made her first public comments in decades in 2018 at an event marking National Whistleblower Day on Capitol Hill.
“It was about exposing perjury and the obstruction of justice,” she said. “It was never about politics.”