Md. attorney general to help in Tripp case

August 20, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. has pledged to help state prosecutors in their investigation of Linda R. Tripp's alleged illegal wiretapping of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In a letter, Curran said he had authorized his staff to assist State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli in legal research and replying to motions, Montanarelli said yesterday.

Montanarelli said he often requests help from other agencies in investigations and that the attorney general's offer of help isn't unusual.

Montanarelli declined to say when he asked for the help.

Tripp, a Columbia resident, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury on two felony counts stemming from her secretive taping of Lewinsky.

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