- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 18, 1999

Tripp case nothing but Democrats' revenge

You asked in your Dec. 16 “Getting Linda Tripp” editorial, “What does it say about this system of justice that a president sworn to uphold the laws of this land lied under oath according to federal Judge Susan Webber Wright and yet remains in office, while the woman who dared to prove he was lying is threatened with jail?”
What it tells me is that we all had better take that old canard, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you,” to heart. Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure has proved, beyond any doubt, that the word of any government official in any official capacity is worthless. To have the people in the White House, House or Senate misinform or dissemble the truth is to some extent to be expected. But to have a judge shield those lies with the law not only goes against all common decency, but will put the last nail in the coffin marking the death of this constitutional United States.
MICHAEL J. MILTON-HALL
Newtown Square, Pa.

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The Democrats are determined to leave a stench in the judiciary as well as at the White House. Whatever the cost to Linda Tripp, though, her actions prevented the worst cover-up in American government since Richard Nixon’s presidency. The polls may lie (I think they consistently will say that a large proportion of Americans oppose Mrs. Tripp), but the 2000 election won’t. Vice President Al Gore stood on the steps of the White House lawn on the day of the House impeachment, awash in the sludge of our sleaziest administration, and declared that Bill Clinton would be known “as one of America’s greatest presidents.” That man will have to answer to the people.
GARY MORLEY
Paris, Texas

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Your editorial asked: “What does it say about this system of justice that a president sworn to uphold the laws of this land lied under oath according to federal Judge Susan Webber Wright and yet remains in office, while the woman who dared to prove he was lying is threatened with jail?”
It says nothing about this system of justice. However, it speaks volumes about our lying president and his sycophantic toadies in Maryland, thirsting for revenge against one who dared tell the truth. It’s a sad day for the republic.
TIM GALLAGHER
Dumfries, Va.

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My prayers go out for Mrs. Tripp and for those with the courage to stand up for her and others like her in the public arena.
Thank you again for writing the truth. You are truly one of the last great American newspapers.
DICK HELMS
Wellsville, N.Y.

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The persecution of Linda Tripp is outrageous. I am ashamed to admit that I am a resident of Howard County. The behavior of Democrats in Maryland always has been blatantly partisan. If we don’t support Mrs. Tripp now, other potential whistleblowers will correctly fear open retaliation. Please, more exposure of their shameful attacks on Mrs. Tripp.
STEPHEN H. SCHRADER
Columbia

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President Clinton is the embodiment of the saying, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” Linda Tripp is the embodiment of the saying, “No good deed ever goes unpunished.”
PHILIP ADAMS
Gaithersburg


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