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Trump goes back to pushing Joe Scarborough 'murder' conspiracy theory

President Trump yet again pushed the conspiracy theory Wednesday that MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough murdered a Congressional aide in 2001.  

'I've always felt he got away with murder,' Trump told Fox News Channel's Brian Kilmeade on the anchor's radio show. 'That was my feeling, my very strong feeling, and I do feel it.'   

Despite Scarborough, a former GOP House member, being in Washington and police finding no foul play in the 2001 death of staffer Lori Klausutis at a Florida satellite office, the president has continued to make the claim. 

President Trump on Wednesday repeated the conspiracy that 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough murdered a Congressional aide in 2001. Trump made the comments on Fox News Channel's Brian Kilmeade's radio show 

Last Wednesday, Joe Scarborough dedicated time to Trump's claims, calling the president's actions 'heartbreaking.' 'The cruelty is unspeakable,' Scarborough added, because Trump's continued to push the smear that Lori Klausutis was murdered

Police officers investigate the scene of Rep. Joe Scarborough's Fort Walton Beach office after employee Lori Klausutis was found dead in July 2001. Authorities found that Scarborough was in D.C. at the time and Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition  

President Trump has continued to tweet about the conspiracy theory - despite Lori Klausutis' family being so rattled by it that her widower asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to pull Trump's tweets about his dead wife down  

Timothy Klausutis sent a letter to Twitter on May 21, but it didn't deter President Trump from calling Lori Klausutis' death a 'Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,' adding that he thought the television host was a 'Nut Job'   

There are among the tweets that Timothy Klausutis flagged and asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to strike from the site. Twitter refused to pull the tweets but has started flagging Trump's tweets in other way 

On Wednesday, Kilmeade had asked Trump why he continued to put Scarborough, and also CNN's Chris Cuomo, in his 'crosshairs.' 'When there's so many other huge problems out there,' Kilmeade pointed out. 

'I just do it. People hit me. I hit back. I fight,' Trump responded. 'I had a lot of people in Florida felt he got away with murder - I think. So I've always felt that. That's not an uncommon story. Maybe you'll look at it. So we dont' have to waste time on it,' Trump said.    

Officials found that Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart problem that caused her to collapse and hit her head off her desk. 

She was found dead in the office.  

Lori Klausutis died at age 28 in 2001. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work 

Scarborough and his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski had been friends with Trump, but are now prominent critics. 

Scarborough responded to the accusations a week ago by dedicating time during the show to pay tribute to Klausutis. 

'I think Americans should know about all of this,' Scarborough said on 'Morning Joe' last Wednesday. 

'I didn't know Lori well. She worked in an annex office... I met her a couple of times at a couple of public events. But after she passed away [her widower] T.J. told me that she was working in a bank and she was a lifelong Republican and a faithful Catholic... and she decided she wanted to work in something bigger than herself,' he recalled.

'I've thought about this. A good woman, a young woman's desire to do something good for the country that she loved... and now the President of the United States is sullying this good woman's name,' Scarborough continued. 'It is heartbreaking, the cruelty is unspeakable.'  

On the show, Scarborough admitted there had been rumors swirling about Klausutis' death for years - and so Trump was right when he said, at one point, that the conspiracy theory 'was not a Donald Trump original thought.' 

Scarborough blamed 'vile people driven by hatred and petty politics.'  

'Your attacks pass through me and they terrorize a family that has not been able to let their loved one rest in peace!' Scarborough argued. 'Enough! Let this poor woman rest in peace and let her family finally be able to move on with their lives, 19 years later.' 

Klausutis' widower Timothy, or T.J., had made that point to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a May 21 letter to the tech tycoon. 

Timothy Klausutis told Dorsey 'I have struggled to move forward with my life' blaming the 'constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died.' 

Timothy Klausutis wanted Dorsey to pull down Trump's tweets from his website in which the president brought up Lori Klausutis and suggested Scarborough had an affair with her and then murdered her. 

Twitter didn't remove the president's tweets about Lori Klausutis' death, but the site did start fact-checking and flagging Trump's tweets. 

This set off a war between Twitter and the White House with the president signing an executive order attempting to open up the social media website to more lawsuits.   

When asked about Timothy Klausutis' letter, Trump stayed on-message, calling Lori Klausutis' death 'very sad and very suspicious.' 

Trump said he'd seen the widower's letter and added, 'but I'm sure ultimately they want to get to the bottom of it and it's a very serious situation.'   

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