by David Phinney
Sunday June 16th 2024



What a Difference Ten Years Makes

In September 1997, Linda Tripp began secretly began recording telephone conversations with her 24-year-old friend, Monica Lewinsky, regarding Lewinsky’s Oval Office affair with President Clinton. Tripp handed those tapes over to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in January 1998 as unrelated evidence to the investigation of the Whitewater, a failed investment deal in Arkansas land l that Clinton and his wife, Hillary, had been involved in.
So began the second impeachment in history of a president: There were very few other scandals for the Republican-contolled Congress or the news media to latch onto, but after spending millions of dollars on investigations and hearings on the salacious extramarital-oral-sex-in-the-White-House probe, the Senate acquitted Clinton on Feb. 12, 1999. Everyone came to realize Clinton was squirming and lying about the unseemly affair, but his job approval ratings went through the roof and were some of the highest for any recent president — 68 percent one month before the Senate trial.
Starr was brought in last week by Blackwater to file motions in front of the US Supreme Court in a case stemming from the killing of four Blackwater contractors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on March 31, 2004.
In 1997, he became the ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, then headed by Republican Dan Burton of Indiana, who aggressively investigated the Clinton administration. “They issued over a thousand subpoenas,” Waxman says. “I thought it was an abuse of power.” Burton did not respond to requests for comment.
In December 2006, Lewinsky graduated with a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics[9] where she had been studying since September 2005.[10] Her thesis was entitled “In Search of the Impartial Juror: An exploration of the third person effect and pre-trial publicity.”
The Gap – the maker of numerous copies of Ms. Lewinsky’s little blue dress – reportedly had difficulty keeping up with demand for the dress immediately following the breaking of the scandal in the news


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