Skip to comments.DC Chapter To Help Our FRiend, Linda Tripp -- Here's How You Can Help, Too
Posted on 12/11/2001 7:28:27 PM PST by Angelwood
The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic will forever admire the courageous stand taken by Linda Tripp to tell the truth during the dark days of the investigation leading up to the impeachment of President Clinton. This was done at great personal sacrifice.
It is with great sadness and concern that we learned recently that, while others have profited handsomely from their criminal acts during the Clinton era, Linda Tripp has been nearly bankrupted and is facing foreclosure on her home. She was fired from her government job by Bill Clinton on the last day of his term. Her attempts to find another position in her field at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany were sabotaged by a leak to the press.
Since then, according to press reports, Linda has not been able to find work commensurate with her experience. We believe that this is because she is considered radioactive as a result of her reputation for telling the truth and not going along with the business-as-usual practices of those who do work with the Federal Government.
According to press reports, actions leading to foreclosure on Linda's home in Columbia, Maryland, have commenced. She had been renting the home out while staying with friends but it has recently been without tenants.
Members of the D.C. Chapter are stepping forward to help Linda in her time of need. We want her to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you would like to share the D.C. Chapter's efforts as we give a hand up to a FRiend, here's how you can do so:
Send a check or money order payable to Linda Tripp. Please send it c/o David K. Colapinto, Esq., Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, P.C., 3233 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Mr. Colapinto will see that whatever funds are received will go directly to Linda Tripp and not to a defense fund.
Disclaimer: This is a voluntary effort organized by the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic. The posting of this notice is with the consent of Free Republic, LLC. However, none of the donations for Linda will be handled by or through Free Republic, LLC, or the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic. Therefore, neither Free Republic, LLC, nor the D.C. Chapter have any responsibility for the accounting or disposition of the donations.
This effort by the D.C. Chapter is solely our idea. Linda Tripp did not ask for these donations, nor did anyone else. We are doing this because we care.
Have we forgotten the March for Justice and Judgement Day rallies, w/ Bob Barr's asking us to help December 7, 1998?
Deus Volt! 'Pod
The poor Linda Tripp is not, I repeat, NOT having her home foreclosed on. The house has been sitting empty. She is renting a fancy house in Virginia. She could have sold the thing. She could have lived there an not payed rent in Virginia.
I don't own a home, I am sure as hell not going to give her money so that she can live in one and let another sit empty.
It's too bad that this info wasn't available at the start of this thread. I know it's not your fault Angelwood, but everyone here has been conned.
The article you referenced doesn't say she is paying rent in Middleburg. When it was first reported months ago that Linda had moved there, the article said she was staying with friends to get some privacy.
If you don't want to help her, fine, but don't smear her on this thread like you did on the other thread when you said Linda was "begging" for this money.
As Angelwood stated on the notice, Linda did not ask the D.C. Chapter to do this.
For you to say that the D.C. Chapter has "conned" people is grossly insulting.
I did not say that. In fact, I specifically said that it was not your fault.
Read it again. Yes it does. You stand corrected.
I swiftly corrected myself. If my intent was to smear I would not have done so.
Although I didn't mean that, I can see how it would be construed that way. I apologize.
Bank files to foreclose on Tripp's Columbia house Lawyer notes money woes, unemployment
By Lisa Goldberg
December 5, 2001
Linda R. Tripp, whose secret recordings of White House intern Monica Lewinsky sparked a presidential impeachment, may lose her Columbia house to foreclosure - the result of economic woes from a prolonged period of unemployment.
Officials working on behalf of CitiMortgage Inc. filed a foreclosure action in Howard County Circuit Court against Tripp for her Cricket Pass house late last month. The court papers note a mortgage balance of $116,098.61, including late charges and interest. The papers do not provide additional details on the debt.
Yesterday, Joseph Murtha, who represented Tripp in the state's unsuccessful prosecution on wiretap charges, said that his client, who has not lived in the house for months, has been out of work since she was fired from her Department of Defense job, after refusing to resign from the appointed post in the waning days of the Clinton administration.
Tripp now lives in Middleburg, Va., he said.
"It's been very difficult for Linda to focus on where her career goes from this point in her life," Murtha said. Tripp had hoped to continue as a government employee but has not been rehired, he said. "She anticipated 30 years of government service."
Tripp and her suburban home in Hickory Ridge village became the subject of intense scrutiny in early 1998 when her tape recordings of conversations about Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton became public and again when a grand jury indicted her on charges of violating the state's wiretap law.
That case was dropped by state prosecutors in May last year.
Cricket Pass was often clogged with television satellite trucks, all eager for a glimpse of the woman whose tapings led to Clinton's impeachment in December 1998.
By fall of last year, though, she was no longer living in Columbia, instead renting out the 24-year-old Colonial-style house, which was valued at slightly more than $180,000 as of Jan. 1.
When she moved to Virginia is unclear, but she registered to vote in Fauquier County in August last year.
No one is living in the Columbia house, Murtha said yesterday, adding that he is trying to determine whether additional payments not recorded at the time the foreclosure action was filed have been made.
The hope is that Tripp can resolve any issues with the mortgage and possibly sell the house on her own, he said.
"Economically, things have been rather difficult," Murtha said. Still, "Linda has been making an effort to take care of her responsibilities."
The article clearly states that she was renting out the home in Columbia.
First, you'd have to have up to two years of uninterrupted time. You'd have to have the ability to write. If you don't, you have to hire a collaborator or ghost writer.
Then you have to do research and investigations so your facts are straight. You can't rely on memory. You'd have to hire someone to do that if you don't have the time and resources to do it yourself.
Then you'd have to hire an attorney to review your book so you don't get sued. Then you have the daunting and sometimes impossible task of finding a publisher who deems the book marketable.
Then if it does get published, you sit and pray it sells. If it doesn't, all your investments are down the drain.
Perhaps a book is in her future, but the farther away the book would be from the events, the less it will sell.
If it was so easy to write and sell a book, we scribes here at FR would all be millionaires.
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