English/Nat It seems the Monica Lewinsky scandal is set to drag on and on. The latest person involved in all the intrigue, New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, wrapped up her testimony before a grand jury in Maryland on Thursday after about two-and-a-half hours. Goldberg says she blames herself for getting Linda Tripp into trouble. Lucianne Goldberg and her son, Jonah, arrived in Maryland on Thursday to testify before a Howard County grand jury. The panel is investigating whether Linda Tripp violated state wiretap laws by secretly recording conversations with Monica Lewinsky. Lucianne Goldberg said that she had checked with a friend, who told her it was legal under federal law to tape someone without asking their permission. Goldberg says she passed that information along to Tripp. SOUNDBITE: (English) "On the second tape I tell her that I checked it out and it was legal and that somebody should go to the internet and get the federal law, I didn't about state, silly me. Totally, totally, I take all the blame." SUPER CAPTION: Lucianne Goldberg, literary agent Goldberg says she testified for about an hour-and-a-half before the grand jurors, whom she described as "very sweet". She said their questions revolved around when Tripp learned about the state wiretap law. In order for prosecutors to convict someone of violating the Maryland law, they have to prove the defendant was aware of the law. Goldberg said she was trying to help Tripp, her long-time friend, get out of trouble. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Well because the slime machine got out early and often and she had to go underground often to keep evidence from being unpolluted from Judge Starr and they slimed her big time. I've been trying my best but we're just one man and one woman against the machine and it's very hard to fight a very powerful propaganda machine." SUPER CAPTION: Lucianne Goldberg, literary agent Tripp, who lives in Columbia, has told a federal grand jury that she knew she violated state law by recording telephone conversations with Lewinsky, a former co-worker. But her testimony was made under a grant of immunity from Independent Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, meaning the statement can't be used against her in the Maryland investigation. Goldberg has said that Tripp asked her in September 1997 if recording her calls with Lewinsky would be appropriate and said she incorrectly told her friend that it was legal. Goldberg's son said he also talked to the panel for about a half-hour. He attended a meeting last year in his Washington apartment with his mother, Tripp and a Newsweek reporter when the tapes were discussed. SOUNDBITE: (English) "What did they ask me? They asked me what was the nature of my conversations with Linda Tripp. They asked me what was the nature of the conversations with my mother were. They asked me when I knew about the tapes and what I thought of them and, that's more or less it." SUPER CAPTION: Jonah Goldberg, Lucianne's son Goldberg said she turned over four tapes - two with conversations between herself and Tripp. The tapes detail the former White House intern's affair with President Clinton. Goldberg said the tapes were made before Tripp learned in November that taping phone conversations without the other person's consent was against the law. Ignorance is an excuse for violating the Maryland wiretap law. The maximum penalty for breaking the law is five years in prison and a 10,000 dollar (U-S) fine. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/98eed816e2417b7285c290a9ece06298 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
October 29, 1997 On January 19, 2001, the last full day of the Clinton Administration, Linda Tripp was fired from her job in the Pentagon. Tripp claimed that the firing was vindictive, but the Clinton administration countered that all political appointees like Tripp are normally asked to submit their resignation upon a new administration taking over, and those who refuse are fired. Tripp sued the Department of Defense and the Justice Department for releasing information from her security file and employment file to the news media in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. On November 3, 2003, Tripp reached a settlement with the federal government. The settlement included a one-time payment of more than $595,000, a retroactive promotion, and retroactive pay at the highest salary for 1998, 1999, and 2000. She also received a pension and was cleared to work for the federal government again. Her rights to remain part of a class action lawsuit against the government were also preserved. Since the Lewinsky scandal, Tripp moved to Northern Virginia, married German architect Dieter Rausch in 2004 and opened a year-round Christmas shop with her husband called the Christmas Sleigh in Middleburg, Virginia. In a December 1, 2003, appearance with Larry King on Larry King Live, Tripp told of her suffering breast cancer. On the subject of her successful invasion of privacy lawsuit against the federal government, Tripp claimed that she actually came out behind financially, due to attorneys' fees and the derailment of her government career. She also claimed that the Clinton administration's violations of her privacy were not equivalent to her violations of Monica Lewinsky's privacy as the Clinton administration's leaking of her employment history was illegal, not addressing the fact that she herself was alleged to have violated the Maryland wiretap laws. Furthermore, Lewinsky had asked her to lie under oath in the Paula Jones lawsuit against Bill Clinton, something she had refused to do. She told King that she only began taping her conversations with Lewinsky, whom she had known for 18 months, a mere eight weeks before she was scheduled to be deposed in the Jones lawsuit. Tripp had earlier said she taped the conversations to prevent the Clinton administration from retaliating against her, since she had decided not to lie under oath. Her would-be publisher, Lucianne Goldberg, however, said in a 1997 interview published in the New York Times that she had advised Tripp to record her conversations with Lewinsky in order to obtain factual proof for a book deal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Tripp
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