Tripp, Linda

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Linda Tripp
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Name
Tripp, Linda Gender: F
Linda Rose Carotenuto
born on 24 November 1949 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Jersey City, New Jersey, 40n44, 74w05
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 01°56' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 28°06 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 14°27'



Biography

American news figure, caught up in the presidential scandal of 1998 in which Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, was quoted as saying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton. Few public figures have drawn more scabrous press coverage than the Pentagon official, but then few have so richly deserved it. She betrayed her friend in pursuit of political payback and book-deal riches and then claimed that it was really patriotism and self-preservation that led her to putting a recording device on her body.

In April 1998, she was age 48 with one son, Ryan, 22, and a daughter, Allison, 19. She had divorced husband Bruce Tripp several years ago. She was world traveled with her husband, a Lt. Colonel in the military, and was fluent in German. She did clerical work, holding a classified job with the Army's elite Delta Force. She was known as a hard lady except not much of a lady, often with a chip on her shoulder.

Employed in secretarial jobs in the White House, she rubbed shoulders with the movers and shakers. Picking up a lunch order, she was the last person to see Vince Foster alive before his mysterious suicide. She liked the gossip and being "in the know." However she was indiscrete and officious, not trusted or well liked among her co-workers. In 1993, she told reporters at Newsweek about the alleged Oval Office grope session.

Tripp made friends with the younger intern, Monica Lewinsky and they became confidants. When she told attorney James Moody what she knew about Monica's alleged affair with the President, he set up Tripp's first meeting with special prosecutor Ken Starr's people on January 12, 1998. On the following day she was "wired" with a tape recorder strapped to her body in order to record what her friend said about her sex life. The story broke about January 20th. It was the girl-talk captured on those tapes that led to the impeachment ugliness that obsessed the nation during most of 1998.

On late 7/30/1999, a grand jury in Maryland's Howard County indicted Tripp on two felony counts related to illegal wiretapping. Jury selection for her trial was scheduled for summer 2000 but was sidetracked on 5/24/2000 when the wiretapping charges were dropped.

Deeply offended and hurt at her bad press and the jokes about her appearance, Tripp went in for $28,000 of cosmetic surgery on 10/14/1999, funded by an anonymous benefactor. In seven hours of surgery, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes removed the bags from under her eyes, cut away the fat from her neck and tightened her chin, softened and shortened her nose and provided a chin implant. Tripp did her part by cutting back on smoking and losing 40 pounds. She topped off her new look with four hours in the beauty parlor for a new hair color and style at a $400 stylist fee, for which she left no tip.

In late 2000, Tripp bought a home in posh Middleburg, VA.

When a new president is elected, government appointees are routinely dismissed as their office is delegated to appointees of the incoming administration. On 1/19/2001, two days before President Bush's inauguration, Tripp was notified of the termination of her $100,000 a year job in the Pentagon. She promptly engaged attorneys to sue for "wrongful termination," declaring that her dismissal was a personal vendetta because of her role in the Clinton impeachment.

In early March 2002, her attorneys confirmed that Tripp is being treated for breast cancer.

In November 2003, she won a $595,000 settlement from the Department of Defense, whom she had sued for releasing her personnel files to the media. The amount, she claims, still left her in debt after her legal fees and loss of her Pentagon job. By December 2003, she was trim, having undergone plastic surgery, breast cancer, and dieting. She was also romantically involved with Dieter Rausch, age 53, a German architect, whom she plans to wed in spring, 2004. She has known him for years, and their romance was kindled in 2000.

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Relationships

Events

  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1991 (divorced from Bruce Tripp)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1998 (Lewinski-Clinton scandal)
  • Social : Secrets revealed 20 January 1998 (News story broke, Clinton affair)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released February 1999 (Appeared on NBC's "Today")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 February 1999 (Spoke on "Larry King Live")
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  • Crime : Trial dates July 1999 (Indicted for illegal wire-tapping)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 14 October 1999 (Cosmetic surgery)
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  • Family : Change residence 2000 (Bought home in VA)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 2000 (began romantic relationship with Dieter Rausch)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 19 January 2001 (Job terminated by custom, new administration)
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  • Crime : Law suit 20 January 2001 (Sued government for wrongful termination of job)
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  • Health : Medical procedure March 2002 (Treated for breast cancer)
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  • Financial : Gain significant money 2003 (won settlement of $595,000 from Defense Department)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance unattractive (Hooked nose, sneering mouth)
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Wanted to be "in the know")
  • Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited (False friend)
  • Traits : Personality : Opportunist (Betrayed her friend for publicity)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Cosmetic surgery (Late 1999)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, military man; divorce)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (World traveled)
  • Vocation : Business : Clerical/ Secretarial
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker (1998)

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