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Linda Tripp, who played integral role in Clinton impeachment, has died, reports say

Linda Tripp's recorded conversations with Monica Lewinsky played a key role in the investigation of former President Bill Clinton and his subsequent impeachment.
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Linda Tripp meets with reporters outside federal court in Washington Wednesday July 29,1 998 after her final appearence before a grand jury investigating an alleged affair between President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. From left are, attorney Anthony Zaccagnine, her daughter Allison, spokesman Phil Coughter and attorney Joe Murtha. (AP)

WASHINGTON — Linda Tripp, the former civil servant at the Pentagon who recorded tapes of Monica Lewinsky during Bill Clinton's scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, has died at the age of 70, the Washington Post reports

Tripp, who played a key role in the events that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, was reportedly diagnosed with a serious condition that had left her gravely ill recently. 

It was Tripp's conversations with ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky which led to the deposition of former President Clinton and his subsequent impeachment in the House and acquittal in the Senate. 

On Wednesday, Lewinsky expressed concern for Tripp on Twitter writing, "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."

As The Daily Beast and the New York Post report, Tripp's daughter, Allison Tripp Foley wrote on Facebook saying, "My mommy is leaving this earth. I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache." Her daughter went on to write, "Please pray for a painless process for the strongest woman I will ever know in my entire lifetime."

Linda Tripp, the Pentagon employee whose secret tape recordings of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky triggered a criminal investigation of President Clinton, talks to reporters outside federal court in Washington Wednesday, July 29, 1998 (AP)

The New York Post reported that Tripp's son-in-law, Thomas Foley, confirmed that Linda Tripp had passed. He said her death was unrelated to coronavirus.

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Foley told the New York Post, “Look it’s hard to talk right now. Linda has passed on,” going on to say, “she fought on as hard as she could. We just have to let all the grand kids know as it was so sudden.”  

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