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Saturday, October 3, 1998 Published at 09:52 GMT


Lewinsky urged Tripp to lie



Monica Lewinsky offered Linda Tripp money to lie about the former intern's affair with President Clinton, according to transcripts of their taped conversations.

"I would be indebted to you for life," she said. "I would write you a cheque for the entire portion (of a condominium) I own in Australia."

In the taped conversations, Monica Lewinsky also says she was told to deny an affair with the president.

In the transcripts, Ms Lewinsky says someone told her: "It doesn't matter what anybody says, you just deny it."

However, she does not say who the advice came from.

She says she feared for her life if she did not sign an affadavit denying having an affair with the president.

Fears as story broke

The transcripts also reveal how Ms Lewinsky became anxious as her affair with Bill Clinton became public.

At one stage, Ms Lewinsky says: "It's just too - it's too much for one person."

Mrs Tripp, her colleague at the Pentagon who secretly taped the conversations, agrees. "Oh, it's too much for one person," she says.

Both Ms Lewinsky and Mrs Tripp were subpoenaed by Mrs Jones' lawyers.

Ms Lewinsky submitted an affidavit denying a sexual relationship with Mr Clinton.

Mrs Tripp filed an affidavit saying that Ms Lewinksy had confided to her that she did have an affair with Mr Clinton.

Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr used the tape to win permission to expand his investigation to include the Lewinsky matter, an investigation that has now led to impeachment proceedings.

Ms Lewinsky received immunity from prosecution by Mr Starr in exchange for her testimony before a Grand Jury in August.



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Lewinsky testimony - video extracts

Monica Lewinsky's evidence

Impeachment debate: Key quotes

The Monica tapes: Confiding in a friend

Highlights: More evidence

Lewinsky urged Tripp to lie

President's secretary was reluctant witness

Highlights: The video

The infamous dress

Secret meetings with Clinton

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