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Linda Tripp, key figure in Bill Clinton’s impeachment, dies aged 70

Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s, has died.

Thomas Foley, Tripp’s son-in-law, told the New York Post she had died from an illness that was not related to the coronavirus. He described her as “a special person and a fantastic grandparent who was devoted” to her family.

Allison Tripp Foley, Tripp’s daughter, shared in a Facebook post late on Tuesday saying her 70-year-old mother was terminally ill, according to the New York Post. Her Facebook profile was later made private.

Tripp was a Pentagon employee when she secretly taped conversations she had with Lewinsky, who confided in her about the affair with Clinton when she had been a White House intern.

Tripp’s recordings blew the whistle on Clinton, who had denied his relationship with Lewinsky in sworn statements, but also saw Lewinsky publicly attacked and shamed for years.

“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,” Lewinsky tweeted on Wednesday.

Speaking publicly in 2018, Tripp said she had just one regret: “Not having the guts to do it sooner.

“It was always about right and wrong, never left and right,” Tripp said at an event marking National Whistleblower Day on Capitol Hill, according to the Washington Post. “It was about exposing perjury and the obstruction of justice. It was never about politics.”

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