The Starr Report: excerpted documents THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION

October 03, 1998

Excerpts from e-mail released yesterday by the House Judiciary Committee, part of the evidence collected by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr:

From: Tripp, Linda

To: Lewinsky, Monica

Date: Monday, October 27, 1997 10: 19 AM

From now on, leave me alone. Don't bother me with all your ranting and raving and analyzing of this situation. And don't accuse me of somehow "skewing" the truth -- because the reality is that what I told you is true. I really am finished, Monica. Share this sick situation with one of your other friends, because, frankly, I'm past nauseated about the whole thing. LRT

From: Lewinsky, Monica

To: Tripp, Linda

Date: Monday, October 27, 1997 10: 29 AM

That's fine with me, Linda. I will respect that. I would only like to ask that I have your assurance everything I have shared with you remains between us. You have given me your word before, but that was when we were on good terms. Can I still trust that?

Excerpts from audiotapes that Linda R. Tripp made of conversations with Monica Lewinsky, released yesterday as part evidence referred to the House Judiciary Committee by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr:

The tapes were made between Oct. 3 and Dec. 22, 1997; the precise date of each conversation was not apparent in the transcripts.

(Tripp and Lewinsky, on the phone, discuss a job offer from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson.)

LEWINSKY: ... We were sitting right near the entrance and so he kind of came in and so I said, "Ambassador Richardson, Monica Lewinsky." He said, "Oh, hi. How are you?" And I introduced him to my mom and to Peter and then he said something or another and said, "Well, we're just waiting for you. The ball's in your court."

TRIPP: Unreal.

LEWINSKY: "I want to hire you."

TRIPP: I don't believe this. ...

LEWINSKY: It was so weird. It was really weird. Like really weird.

TRIPP: ... Do you -- when you're up there, though, do you feel like you're gonna enjoy living there?

LEWINSKY: ... I just kind of feel like -- I feel really cheated, you know. ... And I said I feel like I'm moving to New York and -- because I have to, but it's not what I would be doing by choice. ...

I was crazy, Linda. I mean, it seems to me that it was like if I didn't see him, then he forgot who I was. ...

... And if he didn't call, he forgot who I was.

... I don't know if you know this or not or ever realized it, but -- you know, I got over [REDACTED] with the creep. ...

... And I really -- I really felt like, oh, there's a different girl every day and he was gonna forget. You know, I mean, when this first happened, I mean, I said to my mom, I said, "Well, I think he just fooled around with me because his girlfriend was probably furloughed."

TRIPP: You idiot.

LEWINSKY: I'm not kidding you. That's what I thought.

TRIPP: Oh, my God. Monica ...

LEWINSKY: I got -- oh -- oh -- and I bought a beautiful, beautiful, rad red very thin silk sweater top.


LEWINSKY: That -- it's for my next visit -- if I ever have one again.

TRIPP: You in red. Yes.

LEWINSKY: Which I think I will. I think eventually I'll have to, right?

TRIPP: Yeah.

LEWINSKY: I have to give him his Christmas present.

TRIPP: Yeah.

LEWINSKY: It probably won't be for forever, but ...

TRIPP: Just because you wear a red sweater does not mean you have to wear red lipstick.

LEWINSKY: I understand that.

TRIPP: Okay. I'm just trying to ...

LEWINSKY: I wouldn't ever wear red lipstick to see him.

TRIPP: Good. ...

... Well, you may have reason to call because you may end up -- um -- hearing something from Vernon.

LEWINSKY: And so what? So what do I need to say? Well, just I took something, or what?

TRIPP: Well, no. You're gonna discuss it with him, aren't you?

LEWINSKY: You know, I don't know. I kind of feel like what's the point? Why should I have to discuss it with him? Why should I have to go through the stress and the anxiety of trying to get him on the phone? You know? I don't know.

TRIPP: I don't know that I'd stop my dialogue with Betty just -- you might want to cool it with him for a little bit.

LEWINSKY: Oh, you know what? And Betty is a real big help, isn't she?

TRIPP: Oh, I don't know. I can't -- you know, I go from one way or the other. At least she smuggled you in the other day and hid you.

LEWINSKY: ... (sigh) I don't know. What would happen if, gee, I don't know, he wanted to see me on his own? Wouldn't that be nice?

TRIPP: Yeah. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one right now, not in the disengaged mode he's in. ... He owes you an explanation.

LEWINSKY: So -- and I'd just like to say so, you know, and if you can't explain it to me, then I think you -- somebody owes you an explanation.

TRIPP: He can explain it.

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