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CLINTON UNDER FIRE

Tape Excerpts

January 23, 1998

Excerpts from tapes that Newsweek magazine describes as conversations between former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and former White House aide Linda Tripp, talking about President Clinton:

Lewinsky: "Look, maybe we should just tell the creep. Maybe we should just say, don't ever talk to me again, I (expletive) you over (by telling others about the affair), now you have this information, do whatever you want with it."

Tripp: "Well, if you want to do that, that's what I would do. But I don't know if you're comfortable with that. I think he should know."

Lewinsky: "He won't settle (the Paula Jones case). He's in denial."

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Lewinsky on how difficult it would be to tell Clinton she had been talking to others about the situation: "If I do that, I'm just going to (expletive) kill myself."

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Lewinsky: "I was thinking about the fact that I sent a note to Nancy (Hernreich, as assistant to the president), a note to Betty (Currie, the president's personal secretary), and a note to creep to thank them all for when my family came for the radio address. The note I sent to him, 'Dear Schmucko, thank you for being, as my little nephew said, it was great to meet the principal of the United States."'

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