Md. jury probing Tripp tapes subpoenas Goldberg Literary agent, son to appear Nov. 12

October 21, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg says she and her son have been subpoenaed to appear Nov. 12 before the Maryland grand jury investigating Linda R. Tripp's taping of telephone conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli, who has been investigating the Tripp case since February, would not confirm that the Goldbergs will be testifying before the 21-member grand jury in Howard County next month.

Goldberg said this week she had "very little exciting" information to share with the grand jury regarding Tripp's taping from her Columbia home. Tripp's 20 hours of tapes record her conversations with Lewinsky discussing the former intern's relationship with President Clinton.

Goldberg's son, Jonah, 29, who works as a contributing editor for the National Review, also has been subpoenaed, she said.

"What I have to say is so minimal," Lucianne Goldberg said. "We'll just come in the morning and probably shop for a bit after. I understand they have antique [stores] in Ellicott City."

According to Goldberg, she advised Tripp in September 1997 that she should "protect herself against what Monica was asking her to do, which was lie under oath." Goldberg said she told Tripp to buy a voice-activated tape recorder from RadioShack.

Employees of the RadioShack at Columbia Mall have testified before the grand jury that Tripp purchased the device and was told that it is illegal in Maryland to tape-record conversations without the other person's consent.

"I advised [Tripp] Sept. 28, 1997, that taping was legal on a federal level, but it turns out it is illegal on a state level," Goldberg said.

In Maryland, tape-recording a telephone conversation without permission is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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