Interview With Linda Tripp Offends Former Clinton
StafferSusan JonesMorning Editor(CNSNews.com) - Linda Tripp is back in the news, and one former
member of the Clinton administration is not happy about it.
King's hour-long interview of Tripp on CNN Monday night so offended the
former Clinton staffer that he issued a press release stating his
King's interview was a "puff piece" that "ignored the
unnecessary torture she inflicted on America," said Bob Weiner, who was
among the Clinton White House staffers subpoenaed by Ken Starr to appear
before the Monica Lewinsky grand jury.
Weiner, who was director of
public affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Policy from
1995-2001, said he wishes King had asked Tripp why it was so important
to challenge Clinton's private sexual actions with a totally consenting
person; and Weiner also wondered how Tripp justified "the legal torture
you put so many innocent people through," including Weiner and his wife,
who were questioned under oath.
"Many millions of Americans --
whether rightly or not -- have done the same thing since time immemorial,"
Weiner also complained that Larry King "spent 50
minutes promoting Tripp's foundation, her admirable strength against
breast cancer, her 'lovely' daughter...(and that daughter's unchallenged
statement that Monica was 'a little flaky')..."
interview on CNN's Larry King Live, Tripp said several times that she was
not part of a right-wing conspiracy, and she claimed former First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton knew about her husband's affair with Monica
"Tripp violated the meaning of privacy and friendship,"
Weiner said in his press release. "The American people detested what she
did. The more she and Starr victimized Clinton, the higher his popularity
Weiner said there's no way that history will view Tripp in
a positive light, as Tripp predicted.
" No one wants our civil
servants -- like Linda Tripp and Ken Starr -- to be society's Peeping Toms
watching our sex lives and deflecting our national agenda from the truly
great work that needs to be done."
Tripp, who now lives in
Middleburg, Va., announced that she plans to marry her childhood
sweetheart in the spring. She recently settled a lawsuit with the Pentagon
that will net her almost $600,000, but she called it a "moral victory,"
not a financial windfall.
"It was essentially a restitution," Tripp
told King, given her high legal bills.
Tripp sued the Pentagon
after an official released confidential personal information about her to
a magazine, in violation of the Privacy Act.