- 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 flammable
- 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 falling apart."
- Foster was found shot to death in a Virginia park three
- Tripp said she was with the former deputy White House
counsel when the news of the Waco assault broke on television.
- "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,"
- Tripp was stunned by the contrast between Foster's heartfelt
emotion at the Waco tragedy and what she observed from Mrs. Clinton.
- "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 New
- 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 the film.
- "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 of abuse.
- "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 Clinton.
- "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
- "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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