Trump suggests Joe Scarborough should be investigated for 2001 death of congressional aide
by Melissa Quinn | Washington Examiner
President Trump suggested Wednesday MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough be investigated for the 2001 death of a congressional aide who worked in Scarborough’s district office while he was in Congress.
“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!” the president tweeted.
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Trump appeared to be referencing the death of 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, who was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Okaloosa County, Fla., in July 2001.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Klausutis, of Niceville, Fla., had told a co-worker and a mail carrier she wasn’t feeling well the day before she died.
Two people who were looking for help with an immigration case found Klausutis the morning of July 20, 2001.
The medical examiner said the woman had an abnormal heart rhythm and lost consciousness. She fell and hit her head on a desk, which ultimately led to her death.
Scarborough has vehemently denied any involvement in her death. In a letter to Variety Fair in 2005, the former congressman and television host said he had only met Klausutis three times and was never alone with her. He also denied he resigned from Congress because of her death, as he announced his resignation in May 2001, and she died months later.
The “Morning Joe” host addressed the president’s claims on Twitter, saying he is “not well.”
“Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well,” Scarborough tweeted.
Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump's bizarre tweets. He is not well. https://t.co/XJhW5ZHNfs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 29, 2017