LINDA TRIPP STATEMENT|
Friday, February 6, 1998; Page A33
This is the sworn statement that Linda R. Tripp signed
on Jan. 21 for Paula Jones's lawyers:
DECLARATION OF LINDA R. TRIPP
1. My name is Linda R. Tripp. I am over the age of 18
and fully competent to testify. The facts stated herein
are based on my personal knowledge.
2. I have been a Schedule C appointee at the United
States Department of Defense since August 1994. Prior
to that, I served as an apolitical careerist in an
exempted service appointment on the White House
permanent staff. My most recent position at the White
House was Executive Assistant to the Counsel to the
President in the Clinton White House.
3. In the course of my tenure in the Clinton White
House, I became friends with Kathleen Willey. She
described to me a sexual encounter she had with
President Clinton in November 1993.
4. While serving at the Department of Defense, Monica
Lewinsky, a colleague and friend in the office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public affairs,
revealed to me in detailed conversations on innumerable
occasions that she has had a sexual relationship with
President Clinton since November 15, 1995. She played
for me at least three tapes containing the President's
voice and showed me gifts they exchanged. Monica
Lewinsky is 24 years old, and resides at 700 New
Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Recently,
Monica Lewinsky told me that she had been subpoenaed to
testify in Paula Jones' case against President Clinton.
She said that she was going to deny everything, that
President Clinton would deny everything and she
repeatedly stated that I must lie and deny that she had
ever told me anything about a relationship with
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing
is true and correct.
Executed on January 21, 1998.
MONICA LEWINSKY STATEMENT
Attorneys for Jones refered to Lewinsky as a "Jane
1. My name is Jane Doe # . I am 24 years old and I
currently reside at 700 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037.
2. On December 19, 1997, I was served with a subpoena
from the plaintiff to give a deposition and to produce
documents in the lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin Jones
against President William Jefferson Clinton and Danny
3. I can not fathom any reason that the plaintiff would
seek information from me for her case.
4. I have never met Ms. Jones, nor do I have any
information regarding the events she alleges occurred
at the Excelsior Hotel on May 8, 1991 or any other
information concerning any of the allegations in her
5. I worked at the White House in the summer of 1995 as
a White House intern. Beginning in December, 1995, I
worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs as a staff
assistant for correspondence. In April, 1996, I
accepted a job as assistant to the Assistant Secretary
for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense. I
maintained that job until December 26, 1997. I am
currently unemployed but seeking a new job.
6. In the course of my employment at the White House I
met President Clinton several times. I also saw the
President at a number of social functions held at the
White House. When I worked as an intern, he appeared at
occasional functions attended by me and several other
interns. The correspondence I drafted while I worked at
the Office of Legislative Affairs was seen and edited
by supervisors who either had the President's signature
affixed by mechanism or, I believe, had the President
sign the correspondence itself.
7. I have the utmost respect for the President who has
always behaved appropriately in my presence.
8. I have never had a sexual relationship with the
President, he did not propose that we have a sexual
relationship, he did not offer me employment or other
benefits in exchange for a sexual relationship, he did
not deny me employment or other benefits for rejecting
a sexual relationship. I do not know of any other
person who had a sexual relationship with the
President, was offered employment or other benefits in
exchange for a sexual relationship, or was denied
employment or other benefits for rejecting a sexual
relationship. The occasions that I saw the President
after I left employment at the White House in April,
1996, were official receptions, formal functions or
events related to the U.S. Department of Defense, where
I was working at the time. There were other people
present on those occasions.
9. Since I do not possess any information that could
possibly be relevant to the allegations made by Paula
Jones or lead to possible admissible evidence in this
case, I asked my attorney to provide this affidavit to
plaintiff's counsel. Requiring my disposition in this
matter would cause disruption to my life, especially
since I am looking for employment, unwarranted
attorney's fees and costs, and constitute an invasion
of my right to privacy.
I declare under the penalty of perjury that the
foregoing is true and correct.
Monica S. Lewinsky
Your first few paragraphs should be about yourself -- what you do now, what you did at the White House and for how many years you were there as a career person and as a political appointee.
You and Kathleen were friends. At around the time of her husband's death (The President has claimed it was after her husband died. Do you really want to contradict him?), she came to you after she allegedly came out of the oval and looked (however she looked), you don't recall her exact words, but she claimed at the time (whatever she claimed) and was very happy.
You did not see her go in or see her come out.
Talk about when you became out of touch with her and maybe why.
The next you heard of her was when a Newsweek reporter (I wouldn't name him specifically) showed up in your office saying she was naming you as someone who would corroborate that she was sexually harassed. You spoke with her that evening, etc., and she relayed to you a sequence of events that was very dissimilar from what you remembered happening. As a result of your conversation with her and subsequent reports that showed that she had tried to enlist the help of someone else in her lie that the President sexually harassed her, you now do not believe that what she claimed happened really happened. You now find it completely plausible that she herself smeared her lipstick, untucked her blouse, etc.
You never saw her go into the oval office, or come out of the oval office.
You are not sure you've been clear about whose side you're on. (Kirby has been saying you should look neutral; better for credibility but you aren't neutral. Neutral makes you look like you're on the other team since you are a political appointee)
It's important to you that they think you're a team player, after all, you are a political appointee. You believe that they think you're on the other side because you wouldn't meet with them.
You want to meet with Bennett. You are upset about the comment he made, but you'll take the high road and do what's in your best interest.
December 18th, you were in a better position to attend an all day or half-day deposition, but now you are into JCOC mode. Your livelihood is dependent on the success of this program. Therefore, you want to provide an affidavit laying out all of the facts in lieu of a deposition.
You want Bennett's people to see your affidavit before it's signed.
Your deposition should include enough information to satisfy their questioning.
By the way, remember how I said there was someone else that I knew about. Well, she turned out to be a huge liar. I found out she left the WH because she was stalking the P or something like that. Well, at least that gets me out of another scandal I know about.
The first few paragraphs should be about me -- what I do now, what I did at the White House and for how many years I was there as a career person and as a political appointee.
Kathleen and I were friends. At around the time of her husband's death, she came to me after she allegedly came out of the oval office and looked _____, I don't recall her exact words, but she claimed at the time ______ and was very happy.
I did not see her go in or see her come out.
Talk about when I became out of touch with her and maybe why.
The next time I heard of her was when a Newsweek reporter showed up in my office saying she was naming me as a someone who would corroborate that she was sexually harassed by the President. I spoke with her that evening, etc. and she relayed to me a sequence of events that was very dissimilar from what I remembered happening. As a result of my conversation with her and subsequent reports that showed she had tried to enlist the help of someone else in her lie that the President sexually harassed her, I now do not believe that what she claimed happened really happened. I now find it completely plausible that she herself smeared her lipstick, untucked her blouse, etc.
I never saw her go into the oval office, or come out of the oval office.
I have never observed the President behave inappropriately with anybody.