The visits ended in August after published reports of another woman's romantic encounter with Clinton at the White House. But the president and Lewinsky engaged in frequent phone sex, according to a source with access to the tapes. Lewinsky kept recordings of presidential calls left on her home message machine. They contained innocous greetings, but Lewinsky brought micro-cassettes to the Pentagon to play for co-worker Tripp, a source close to Tripp said.
One of the ongoing mysteries is why Tripp taped the conversations. Her lawyer Jim Moody, who described his client as a "girl scout" who tried to do the right thing, said she was motivated by self-protection. Anticipating that she would be called as a witness in the unfolding Paula Jones case, she wanted evidence that Lewinsky had confessed an affair with Clinton. But Tripp had an even longer standing interest in the White House's sexual mores. After her friend Gary Aldrich was discredited by the White House for writing about alleged sex play there, she got angry and hoped to shore up his account in a book of her own. She sent a proposal to a literary agent in New York, but the publishing plans never panned out.