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Top Republican Breaks With Trump, Demands He ‘Stop Tweeting’ About Murder Conspiracy Theory


Top Republican Breaks With Trump, Demands He ‘Stop Tweeting’ About Murder Conspiracy Theory

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) urged President Trump to stop tweeting about an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that claims MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a staffer when he was in Congress in 2001 even while her family begs the president to stop causing them pain.

The staffer, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in Scarborough’s district office after she fell and hit her head on the side of a desk, resulting in a fatal blood clot. Her death was ruled an accident, and the medical examiner concluded Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition that caused her to collapse.

Yet Trump has tweeted multiple times in recent weeks insinuating that Scarborough was to blame for the murder.

Klausutis’s husband, Timothy, wrote a letter addressed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking that Trump’s tweets be removed. In the letter, Timothy wrote, “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain.”

The rare criticism from the third-ranking GOP leader came just hours after the president took to Twitter for the second day in a row to raise a conspiracy theory about the death of an aide to then-Rep. Scarborough (R-Fla.), despite pleas from the aide’s widower to stop.

“I do think the president should stop tweeting about Joe Scarborough. I think we’re in the middle of a pandemic. He’s the commander in chief of this nation, and it’s causing great pain to the family of the young woman who died. So I would urge him to stop it,” Cheney told a handful of reporters after a news conference outside the Capitol.

Asked if Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, personally knew Scarborough, she replied: “The president should stop tweeting about it.”

During the same news conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a top Trump ally, was asked about the Trump tweets on Scarborough, who served in Congress from 1995 to 2001.

“I did not serve with Scarborough. … I don’t know anything about the case itself,” McCarthy told reporters.


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