- Hillary Clinton pressured the late Vince Foster to
resolve the 1993 Waco standoff in a move that led to the deaths of
more than 80 men, women and children, former White House aide Linda
Tripp charged in an interview Friday night.
- Tripp also alleged that Monica Lewinsky was more of
a victim of Bill Clinton's sexual predations than the former White
House intern has publicly acknowledged.
- Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live," Tripp
suggested that Foster, at Mrs. Clinton's direction, transmitted the
order to move on the Branch Davidian's Waco compound, which culminated
in a military-style tear gas attack on the wooden structure.
- The compound burst into flames hours later as
federal troops used a U.S. Army tank to ram the building and insert
- Tripp described Foster's demeanor as "dignified,
decent, caring, smart" during his early days at the White House. But
when Waco happened, she said, "that's when I first knew that Vince was
- Foster was found shot to death in a Virginia park
three months later.
- Tripp said she was with the former deputy White
House counsel when the news of the Waco assault broke on
- "A special bulletin came on showing the atrocity at
Waco and the children. And his face, his whole body slumped, and his
face turned white, and he was absolutely crushed knowing - knowing the
part he had played."
- "And he had played the part at Mrs. Clinton's
direction," charged Tripp.
- Tripp was stunned by the contrast between Foster's
heartfelt emotion at the Waco tragedy and what she observed from Mrs.
- "Her reaction, on the other hand, was heartless,"
Tripp told King, adding, "I can only tell you what I saw."
- When asked how the decision to move on Waco was
transmitted, Tripp said, "Foster, Mrs. Clinton, [deputy Attorney
General] Webb Hubbell, [Attorney General] Janet Reno."
- Tripp's new charge corroborates allegations first
leveled in the 1999 documentary on the deadly confrontation, "Waco: A
- In the film, director Michael McNulty included the
account of former House Waco investigator T. March Bell.
- "One of the interesting things that happens in an
investigation is that you get anonymous phone calls," Bell explains in
- "And we in fact received anonymous phone calls from
Justice Department managers and attorneys who believe that pressure
was placed on Janet Reno by Webb Hubbell, pressure that came from the
first lady of the United States."
- At the film's premiere, Bell told NewsMax.com that
phone logs obtained by House investigators indicated that Mrs.
Clinton, Foster and Hubbell worked on Waco together.
- "Those phone logs were Webb Hubbell's phone logs.
There were calls from the first lady and Vince Foster to Webb
Hubbell's office" during the Waco crisis, he said.
- Bell said Mrs. Clinton grew more and more impatient
as the Waco standoff came to dominate the headlines during the early
months of the Clinton administration. It was she, Bell's source
claims, who pressured a reluctant Janet Reno to act.
- Reno, on the other hand, was not enthusiastic about
launching the assault, said Bell. "Give me a reason not to do this,"
she is said to have begged aides.
- In another explosive revelation, Tripp charged that
the president's relationship with Monica Lewinsky included an element
- "This was abuse of a child," she told King. "Don't
ever believe that this was consensual sex. And [Clinton] went to
extraordinary lengths to cover that up. Criminal lengths."
- The former White House insider said that the
then-21-year-old Lewinsky was "a mixed-up, unstable, volatile child"
who became emotionally overwhelmed by her involvement with
- "Monica is 21 going on 14 on a good day," Tripp
- In 1998, Tripp told investigators that Lewinsky's
private descriptions of her encounters with Clinton included the
infliction of pain.
- "I don't mean abusive," Tripp said. "I mean very
over the top, out of control, physically powerful, where he would
repeatedly say to Monica, 'I'm not hurting you, am I?' And essentially
he was, but she didn't say he was."
- White House steward Bayani Nelvis is said to have
feared the president was physically abusing Lewinsky as well, telling
a co-worker that she appeared "shaky and in shock" after one sex
session. (See: Monica's 'Juanita Broaddrick' Moment?)
- In an interview last year, Tripp told King that she
believed Clinton was involved with other women at the White House and
that the behavior was ongoing. King declined to follow up.
- The CNN host did not revisit the topic during his
conversation with Tripp Friday.
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