Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 18:21 GMT
Monica's tell-tale tapes
The secret kiss-and-tell recordings of Monica Lewinsky that led President Bill Clinton to the brink of impeachment have been released to the public.
In one of the most revealing parts of the recordings, Ms Lewinsky shares the president's controversial definition of sexual relations when she tells Mrs Tripp that she "didn't have sex" with Mr Clinton.
Although an edited transcript of the tapes was released in October, it is the first time Americans heard Ms Lewinsky speak of her affair with the president.
But while the tapes reveal intimate details of the affair, the tapes have been heavily edited after committee members said certain sections should remain secret.
The White House said its reaction to the release of the tapes was between "none to indifference".
"(The president) has got more important things to do and more interesting things to do," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said.
Mr Starr appears before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday as the first and so far only witness in the impeachment hearings facing President Clinton.
Questions and answers
"Oh I don't know. If you get to orgasm, that's having sex," Mrs Tripp suggests.
"No it's not," Ms Lewinsky quickly counters.
"Yes it is"
"No it's not ... Having sex is having intercourse."
Mrs Tripp also takes Ms Lewinsky through the history of the relationship, asking leading questions to elicit lengthy answers.
The highly detailed questions from Mrs Tripp lead Miss Lewinsky into revealing dates and times of conversations and meetings.
She worries that she might not see him for three months, including the two-year anniversary of their relationship, November 15, 1997.
"It would be nice to for him to want to see me," she said. "I get stressed out, there's a couple of weeks before I leave for my trip, and then we are talking three months before I see him (again).
"It's really depressing."
Mother and daughter?
The first tape reveals a close and warm relationship between Ms Lewinsky and Mrs Tripp.
In a chatty exchange from October 1997, Ms Lewinsky ends the phone call with a secret.
"Linda, you can't tell - say this to anyone," she says breathlessly.
"Not even like 'I heard' ... I'm serious."
"Who would I tell?"
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