‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’: How Monica Lewinsky Reacted to Linda Tripp’s Death

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It’s been more than two decades since Monica Lewinsky’s name first surfaced. The former White House trainee made headlines across the country after she discovered that her name was spoofed by someone she trusted.

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Lewinsky met Linda Tripp when they worked together in the Pentagon’s Office of Public Affairs. Lewinsky told Trip that she was having an affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Tripp began secretly recording his conversations with interns and became the whistleblower in the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal. Now, FX Series Impeachment: American Crime Story Shedding light once again on that scandal and the relationship between the two women. The show brought many questions about each of them including how and when Linda Tripp died and Lewinsky’s reaction. Here’s more on that, plus what Tripp’s daughter has to say about playing Sarah Paulson’s mom.

(L) Monica Lewinsky smiling on a book signing tour, (R) Linda Tripp leaves her Maryland home in 1998 to appear at a federal
(L) Monica Lewinsky smiling on a book signing tour. Andrew Steining/MirrorPix/Getty Images, (R) Linda Tripp left her Maryland home in 1998 to appear at a federal courthouse. Karin Cooper

How and when did Linda Tripp die?

Tripp began working at the White House under President George HW Bush. He was hired as part of Clinton’s staff before moving to the Pentagon, and that’s when he made friends with Lewinsky, who was 24. After learning of Lewinsky’s relationship with Clinton, Tripp began recording everything he talked about as she eyed a book deal. However, it is illegal in Maryland to record someone without their knowledge or consent, and when the existence of the audio tapes emerged, Tripp handed them over to Special Counsel Ken Starr. In return, he got an exemption from prosecution.


In 2018, Tripp did an interview with of slate slow burn podcast In which he talks about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and reflects on his role in everything. “One assumes it was some kind of real relationship—romantic, physical, whatever, it was a relationship—that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” she said. “It was a series of encounters to address a physical need, the use of a young girl, and then the cold, hard dismissal of her on any human level.” Tripp went on to say that his one regret was that he didn’t give the tapes to Star sooner.

Linda Tripp speaking to the press outside the Federal Courthouse on July 29, 1998
Linda Tripp speaking to the press outside the Federal Courthouse on July 29, 1998. Dave Tracy

Tripp died on April 8, 2020, after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 70 years old.

What was Lewinsky’s reaction when he heard that Tripp was on his deathbed?

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Hours before Tripp’s death, there were several reports about him nearing the end and about his death on his bed. Upon hearing that news, Lewinsky responded via Twitter: “No matter the past, hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I look forward to her recovery,” she said. tweeted. “I can’t imagine how difficult it is for his family.”

Many on social media praised Lewinsky for sending sympathy.

Tripp’s husband, Dieter Rausch, and their daughter, Allison Tripp Foley, were with her when she died. The family did not host his funeral due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Monica Lewinsky Dressed in Totally Black at the 2019 Webby Awards
Monica Lewinsky dressed completely in black at the 2019 Webby Awards. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

Tripp’s daughter shares what her mother would think of ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

after the first episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story Trip’s daughter, who aired, talked about what she thought her mother would say about the show and Paulson’s portrayal.

“I can [imagine] My mother’s reactions in my head. To be completely honest, I think she would be blown away by that episode and how they portrayed her,” Foley told Vanity Fair. “She always said that the truth eventually comes out. This episode portrayed her – it is sad to say – but in a way more flattering than the way she was portrayed when she was alive.”

Foley said: “I have to say—and I’m limited to only one episode that I’ve seen—but I think Sarah did a good job. Of course, there were some mistakes I see as her daughter. [but]… she captivated a lot of my mom – how smart and funny she was … I had to laugh at a few lines because that’s how she went through pain … The show did a great job to find out That’s how he really tickled. “

Impeachment: American Crime Story Airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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