The last mystery: Monica's voice
Tripp tapes due out Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, November 16) -- After dozens of grand jury witnesses and thousands of pages of transcripts and evidence, there aren't too many mysteries left in the Lewinsky affair.
But Tuesday, when the House of Representatives finally releases the infamous, secretly recorded Linda Tripp-Monica Lewinsky tapes, one question will finally be answered: What does the ex-White House intern sound like?
Twenty-two hours of audio recordings made by Tripp of her onetime friend Lewinsky are set to be released at 9:30 a.m. ET at the House Radio and Television Gallery in the U.S. Capitol.
America already knows what Tripp and Lewinsky talked about, thanks to written transcripts prepared by Independent Counsel Ken Starr's office and released last month by the House of Representatives. So the tapes themselves probably will be more a curiosity than a source of new headlines. | Tripp tapes index
That assumes, though, that Americans are curious. For months now, Americans have expressed their fatigue with the Lewinsky story, and it's the same for the actual tapes.
According to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans -- 72 percent -- believe the tape recordings Tripp made of conversations with Lewinsky are a private matter and should not be made public, no matter how important they might be as evidence. Only 25 percent say the public should eventually hear the Tripp tapes. Opposition to releasing the tapes has risen significantly since July.
What do Americans expect Lewinsky to sound like? In the poll, 53 percent guess that Monica's voice sounds "high and childish"; 20 percent speculate that she sounds "soft and sexy"; and 17 percent guess that her voice sounds "deep and serious."
Monday, November 16, 1998
The last mystery: Monica Lewinsky's voice
McDougal criminal contempt trial rescheduled for February
Judiciary Democrats plan to play hardball with Starr
Justice drops most misconduct allegations against Starr
Poll: More Americans disapprove of Congress
Poll: Hussein the winner in past year's confrontations
Gephardt, Bonior retain Democratic leadership posts
Supreme Court declines to hear campaign funding case
Lewinsky reportedly signs book and TV deals
Audit finds theft by IRS workers
Nicholson warns of party 'bloodbath' if he is challenged
Gore supporter pleads innocent, Kanchanalak case retooled
NYC Mayor Giuliani keeps 2000 bid alive
Last survivor of four in JFK limo disagrees with Warren Commission
New Congress from many walks of life