Lewinsky affair According to White House intern, Monica Lewinsky she began her affair with Pres. Clinton, 24 November 1995. Sent to Pentagon’s public affairs office, 1996.
Linda Tripp She remained at the White House with the Clinton administration. She was the last person to talk to Vince Foster before he committed suicide, July 1993. First person to talk to Kathleen E. Willey after she left the Oval Office, 29 November 1993. She had contacts with the Special Counsel Robert Fiske’s office in 1994, pushing murder theories about Vince Foster “among other matters” and then continued under Kenneth Starr. She transferred to the Pentagon 21 August 1994.
- Tripp background Tripp worked for highly classified Army intelligence and commando units in the 1980s, such the Delta Force: “I've worked on the covert side of the Department of Defense,” she testified before a House committee investigating the Vince Foster suicide.
- Tripp's Bush employment Clerical worker recruited by George H. W. Bush’s White House, working for C. Boyden Gray, White House counsel, and during this time it was alleged that Tripp was the source of the never-proven allegations that Bush had a mistress named Jennifer. Tripp’s friends during this period were Tony Snow, who became a conservative journalist and Clinton detractor, who later put Tripp in contact with Lucianne Goldberg, and Gary Aldrich, a White House Secret Service agent who wrote a scurrilous book about Clinton.
- Tripp’s veracity Questions have been raised of her supposedly “apolitical” motives in betraying a friend and she swore in her grand jury testimony she “had never even thought about the independent council in [her] wildest dreams” while taping the Lewinsky conversations.
- Tripp’s criminal record Linda Tripp was arrested on a felony charge of grand larceny, to which she pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of loitering, May 1969. Later when questioned for getting her Pentagon security clearance she failed to reveal this episode, a felony under federal law. Judicial Watch was behind the effort to “expose” Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon as the man who revealed to The New Yorker that Linda Tripp lied on her application for a security clearance about her arrest record. The New Yorker's original source for the story was Tripp’s ex-stepmother. All the Pentagon did was confirm what the former stepmother had said.
- Newsweek article Tripp became major source for an anti-Clinton article by Michael Isikoff of Newsweek, published August 1997.
- Tripp lawyers Tripp earned $88,000 salary but maintained two lawyers.
- Anthony Zaccagini Lead counsel from Baltimore law firm Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, assisted by Joseph Murttha of Irwin Green and Dexter, who worked for Tripp, 1996-1998.
- Moody cutout James Moody was very briefly Tripp’s attorney and it appears that Moody’s services were simply as a cover to get the information on the official record with Kenneth W. Starr, 12 January 1998. George T. Conway heard “through the grapevine” that Tripp needed an attorney and highly recommended Moody to an unnamed third party. Moody claimed he did not know how Tripp got his name but he scoffed at the notion “that he got his job because of ties to conservatives.” Moody and Tripp parted company February 1998.
- Cutout Term used by Lucianne Goldberg in her discussion with Jerome M. Marcus for him to obscure his, along with Richard W. Porter's role in forging the Tripp/Starr connection.
Tripp/Willey plot (Willey Affair) Willey, a volunteer in the White House Comments Office, from the beginning of the Clinton administration January 1993. She made friends with Tripp who suggested she volunteer in the Social Office to get better exposure to the President with whom she admitted to Tripp “she was flirting” and sending friendly notes, some of which Tripp began to edit. Willey mused with Tripp about becoming another Judith Campbell Exner, J. F. Kennedy’s mistress. Tripp and Willey talked of locations for a possible rendezvous spot during their regular phone calls. Finally the President met Willey on the question of finding her a paying job, on that day Tripp testified of seeing “a lot” of her, coincidently although nobody knew it, the day her husband committed suicide, 29 November 1993.
- Willey accusation Accusation by Kathleen E. Willey that President Clinton groped her during her single interview with him, a fact he denied completely, allegedly seen immediately after by Linda Tripp, 29 November 1993.
- Willey letters After Willey went public, the White House released a series of warm, laudatory and respectful notes Willey had sent Clinton, both before and after the alleged incident.
- Willey/Tripp connection Well before the Oval Office incident, Kathleen Willey had taken Linda Tripp on as her secret romantic adviser, calling to chat in the evenings about her obsession with the president. Tripp admitted encouraged the infatuation because in her view both Clinton and Willey were stuck “in not very good marriages, and it just seemed to be as consenting adults.” She also enjoyed the intrigue, helping Willey gain access to the president's daily schedule so the pretty matron could arrange to bump into him, always dolled up “to catch his eye.”
Tripp fired Linda Tripp was fired from her $98,744-a-year job in the Pentagon having failed to resign with other political appointees whom the team of President-elect George W. Bush demanded to be dismissed. Tripp’s lawyers Stephen M. Kohn, David K. Colapinto and Michael D. Kohn stated, “The termination of Linda Tripp is vindictive, mean-spirited and wrong. President Clinton should not have ended his presidency on such a vengeful note,” 19 January 2001.
Lucianne Goldberg New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg who was a self-avowed Nixon-era trickster (“Chapman's Friends”) and a spy for Nixon’s campaign against McGovern posing as a magazine reporter providing information to Republican operative Murray Chotiner. She had strong right-wing links, a self-described Clinton-hater and gossip trader with Matt Drudge.
- Goldberg background Goldberg told the McGovern campaign that she worked for the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) and later for Women's News Service. The addresses she listed for both agencies then was the same as her residence on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1990s, 1972.
- Goldberg CIA connection Lucianne Goldberg replaced CIA agent Seymour Freidin in August 1972 reporting on the McGovern campaign that fall. “They were looking for really dirty stuff,” she said. “Who was sleeping with whom, what the Secret Service men were doing with the stewardesses, who was smoking pot on the plane - that sort of thing.” In August, 1973, it was learned that a free-lance writer, Goldberg was paid $1,000 a week by the Republican Party during the 1972 presidential election campaign spying on the Democratic Party's candidates. Goldberg is said to have received a total of more than $10,000 plus expenses. Goldberg’s 1972 claim to be affiliated with NANA takes on additional significance. Goldberg was also close to Victor Lansky.
- North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) Had strong connections with CIA: Priscilla Johnson McMillan, who had numerous CIA and State Department links, worked for NANA when she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald in Moscow in 1959. Another NANA reporter, Virginia Prewett, was an anti-Castro activist recruited by NANA founder Ernest Cuneo, a high-ranking OSS veteran. NANA was acquired by a partnership between Leonard Marks, Drew Pearson and Fortune Pope, mid-1960s. In 1952, Fortune Pope's brother, Generoso Pope, Jr., bought the National Enquirer. Generoso was a CIA officer in 1951. Marks and Pearson were also had links with the CIA.
- Victor Lasky (d. 1990) More than a simple right-wing columnist whose syndicated column was distributed by NANA 1962-1980, he was a public relations executive for Radio Liberty 1956-1960, which was one of the CIA's two largest propaganda operations at the time (other, Radio Free Europe). It was revealed during Watergate testimony that Lasky was secretly paid $20,000 by Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President while he was writing his column. CREEP included a number of CIA operatives. In the mid-1980s, Lasky was close to CIA director William Casey.
- Jonah Goldberg Lucianne Goldberg’s son was employed by Ben Wattenberg.
- Ben Wattenberg Think-tank activist who was intimately involved with CIA-linked contra support activities during the 1980s, was also vice-chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting, which was created by Congress in 1973 in an attempt to remove Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty from the taint of direct CIA control. His son Daniel Wattenberg, a conservative writer who hounded the Clintons, was a special assistant to convicted Iran-contra figure Elliott Abrams.
- Goldberg connections Lucianne Goldberg had personal and direct connections to Monica Lewinsky, Jerome M. Marcus, Theodore B. Olson, David Pike (Jones lawyer), Richard W. Porter, Alfred Regnery, Peter W. Smith, Tony Snow (conservative commentator), and Linda Tripp.
- Goldberg/Tripp connection Tony Snow, conservative commentator, who worked in the Bush White House, introduced Linda Tripp to literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, early 1994.
- Master puppeteer Tripp’s expression for Lucianne Goldberg.
- Tripp tapes Lucianne Goldberg instructed Linda Tripp to make the Tripp tapes that yielded about 24 hours of confession and gossip by Monica S. Lewinsky about her sexual relations with Pres. Clinton, late September 1997. One other point ignored was out-of-chronology sequences on the tapes that cast doubts on their integrity. The recording began, as testified by Tripp, 3 October 1997.
Note Lucianne Goldberg’s son Jonah claimed he had heard some of Tripp’s tapes in September 1997.
Maryland grand jury State prosecutor’s probe into Tripp tapes, recording of which is illegal under Maryland law, July 1998.
- Courier coincidence In order to get the delivery slips showing Lewinsky’s presents to Clinton, the services of the Speed Service courier were retained, with the coincidence that its manager’s wife was the niece of Lucianne Goldberg.
- Goldberg/Olson connection Lucianne Goldberg consulted Theodore Olson, for advise about Tripp’s legal vulnerability, date unknown.
- Tripp/Peter Smith connection Conservative publisher Alfred Regnery told Lucianne Goldberg to get in touch with Peter W. Smith, who in turn, introduced her to the Classmates of 1986, who in turn alerted Jones lawyers, late October 1997.
- Alfred Regnery Conservative publisher on the board of Scaife-funded Capital Legal Foundation who published Gary Aldrich’s Unlimited Access and R. Emmett Tyrrill’s The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.
- Tripp/Jones lawyers David Pike, one of Jones lawyers phoned Linda Tripp’s unlisted number which he got from Lucianne Goldberg, for a long conversation about Lewinsky, late October 1997.
- Jones subpoena Tripp subpoenaed 24 November 1997.
Anonymous tip About this time an anonymous woman phoned the Rutherford Institute who was paying Paula Jones’ bills, telling them to look into “a woman called Monica.”
Teleconference I Lucianne Goldberg telephoned Peter W. Smith, Chicago financier, and Richard W. Porter, one of the Classmates of 1986, for advice on how Linda Tripp might approach Kenneth W. Starr.
- Teleconference II Lucianne Goldberg conference with Richard W. Porter and Jerome M. Marcus.
- Marcus phone call Jerome M. Marcus informed Paul Rosenburg by phone of Clinton’s relationship with Lewinsky, 8 January 1998. Tip was not mentioned in the Starr Report, nor was it disclosed to the Justice Department.
Independent Council phoned Tripp phoned Kenneth W. Starr’s office, 12 January 1998 on advice of her new lawyer James Moody, who had been appointed by Porter and Marcus, 9 January 1998.
Lewinsky entrapment At the behest of Starr’s prosecutors, Tripp wore a hidden microphone and met with Lewinsky twice at the Ritz-Carlton bar in Arlington, VA, to get more details of the relationship with Clinton. It was there that federal investigators confronted her and tried to enlist her as an undercover informant in the probe into whether Clinton or Vernon E. Jordan Jr. tried to obstruct justice by urging Lewinsky to deny the affair, afternoon 16 January 1998.
Lewinsky lawyer I Francis Carter recommended by Vernon E. Jordan, but soon parted.
Lewinsky lawyer II William “Bill” Ginsberg, Medical malpractice attorney in Los Angles, hired by Lewinsky’s mother 16 January 1998, fired by Lewinsky 2 June 1998.
Lewinsky lawyer III Plato Caheris, Washington lawyer who took over after Ginsberg, negotiated broad immunity agreement.
Full immunity Lewinsky granted full immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony and blue dress stained by Clinton’s DNA.
Blue dress Navy-blue dress from The Gap clothing store that was stained by Clinton’s semen, that Tripp advised Lewinsky not to get dry cleaned, and Tripp and Goldstein plotted to steal from Lewinsky, existence first reported 21 January 1998.
Talking points Document supposedly given by Lewinsky to Tripp discussing how she should answer her deposition about her affair with Clinton, that was to be the foundation of the obstruction of justice charge, 14 January 1998.
Diary of a Scandal Newsweek magazine’s Web site article documenting the White House scandal, quoting Talking points, 14 January 1998.
Tripp briefing Linda Tripp met secretly in her home with T. Wesley Holmes, Jones’ attorney, for 2 hours, having been driven there by a member of Starr’s office, to be fully briefed about Monica Lewinsky’s affair arming him with enough information to ask precise questions such as gifts, visits and other details to pin him down, without the presence of James Moody her lawyer, the day before Clinton gave his deposition, evening 16 January 1998.
Perjury trap Allegations that the Jones legal team with full cooperation of the independent council’s office set out to entrap Clinton so as to turn a civil case into a criminal one so that impeachment would be possible.
- Clinton deposition Deposition in Paula Jones sexual misconduct civil lawsuit, 17 January 1998.
Note At this point Kenneth W. Starr transforms the civil case into a criminal one.
- See also Impeachment of President Clinton
Clinton settlement Final settlement by Pres. Clinton in which he agreed, to avoid the possibility of indictment, to admit he gave false testimony under oath and agreeing to surrender his law license for five years, and also pay a fine to the Arkansas Bar Association which had been considering having him disbarred, 19 January 2001.