MEDIAWATCH: Vicious claim that exlawmaker might have murdered aide

634Views 9Comments Posted 15/05/2020

Salvador Rizzo - Washington Post

When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!”

The sun had not been up for an hour when the president of the United States, in his ninth tweet of the day, said MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough might be a murderer.

It’s an old claim, debunked by The Washington Post in 2017. Trump often smears those who challenge him. He has a long-running feud with the “Morning Joe” husband-and-wife team of Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

But it remains astounding to see the president make a thinly veiled murder accusation devoid of evidence. Many of the 18,000 false and misleading claims in our Trump database feature overheated rhetoric. Few of them rise to these vicious heights.

The Facts
“Morning Joe” airs on MSNBC from 6 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. The hosts have been hammering the administration’s dysfunction in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, with Scarborough often taking Trump to task for “a blizzard of lies.”

This morning, the hosts also zeroed in on Trump’s contentious exchange with a CBS News reporter at a news conference Monday. Brzezinski and Scarborough both called Trump’s remarks “racist.” They ran a segment criticizing the Justice Department’s unusual move to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn, a former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. They interviewed Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who said of Trump: “He can’t handle women, particularly strong women, and we know that Trump is xenophobic, and it comes out time and again.”

Meanwhile, somewhere inside the White House, Trump was firing off tweets accusing Scarborough of possibly having murdered an aide in 2001.

Trump first lobbed this conspiratorial charge at Scarborough in November 2017. The president is referring to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old aide who worked for Scarborough when he was a Republican member of Congress representing Florida’s 1st Congressional District.

The circumstances of Klausutis’s death have spawned conspiracy theories, but authorities never suspected foul play. Her death is not an unsolved mystery or a cold case waiting for answers. Klausutis’s death on July 20, 2001, was ruled accidental and the police concluded there was no reason to further investigate. A police investigator told The Post in 2017 that authorities had left “no stone unturned.” PolitiFact has given Trump’s claim its worst rating, “Pants on Fire.”

The medical examiner, Michael Berkland, determined that an abnormal heart rhythm caused Klausutis to lose consciousness and fall, fatally striking her head. She was discovered in Scarborough’s office in Fort Walton Beach, lying on her back with her head near a desk, according to a police report.

The Fort Walton Beach police report from Aug. 6, 2001, noted that the medical examiner had determined that Klausutis died as a result of an acute subdural hematoma. The police report cited a letter from Berkland, stating that the injury was the result of trauma from a fall as she lost consciousness from “a probable cardiac arrhythmia secondary to valvular heart disease.” The day before she was found dead, Klausutis told a colleague she was not feeling well, according to the police report. She also told a mail carrier she was not feeling well.

Trump in his tweet asked why Scarborough had left Congress so “quickly and quietly,” implying a connection between Klausutis’s death and Scarborough’s resignation. In fact, the death occurred almost two months after Scarborough announced his resignation. Klausutis was looking for a new job when she died, and Scarborough was in Washington.

In a previous tweet from April 30, Trump said, “Then you have Psycho Joe ‘What Ever Happened To Your Girlfriend?’ Scarborough, another of the low I.Q. individuals!”

No one alleges, and no evidence shows, that Scarborough was romantically involved with Klausutis, who was married.


Comments 9


Just do a little research on this case. (Other than The Washington Post).

7 days ago

Like Obama birth certificate ?

9 days ago

Where is Trumps birth certificate ? Rumour he was not US born. Probably in same file as his tax returns ....remember them. Poor old USA imagine another four years of it ...already laughing stock of the world. Cuomo would be a good choice though. ...better than Biden

18 days ago

Trump 2020!! Trump JR 2024!!

18 days ago

Welk you know were this story is headed when they quote the washed up post ..i guess all is well in panama when newsroom panama has nothing to report on so its time for a little Rep bashing .would it not be nice to read news about panama on newsroom panama . Likely never happen though

19 days ago

It’s incredible that a leader of this nation is so devoid of leadership, management, focus, transparency and so forth. What we should be thinking and doing is ‘nation first, party second’. Those who continually blame others only suggests one’s shortcomings that by extension damage the U.S. Globalization and positive foreign policy is real and it’s here to stay, it's made us great; however, we are losing ground. In support of this view derived from my global travels in business it’s becoming more evident some are beginning to pity us... and wonder why if it wasn’t so obvious.

19 days ago

The real problem IS that the liberal democrats CAN NOT handle a great president, perhaps the greatest president the USA has ever known who has a well placed set of ball and he knows how to deal with garbage. I am grateful that we have a strong president that will guide the USA back to prosperity, security and the strongest most powerful country on the planet! If you don’t like it little stick them you could always volunteer to catch Covid -19 and put an end to your misguided pathetic existence. I hear Venezuela is looking for a few Trump haters perhaps you should flee to that wonderful country.

19 days ago

Usually when Trump says something it bears out to be true. Also since when does a news organization get to debunk a murder accusation? That is the job of law enforcement but even they can't be trusted anymore. MSNBC is for totally loco kool aid drinkers. I expect Sara is tuned in 24/7 to never miss a lefty talking point!

19 days ago

The whole world knows that Trump has completely blown not only this Coronavirus government response, but he has blown every facet , relationship, or policy dealing with foreign policy. He really needs to hurry up and go away before he causes irreparable damage to the US as a major world powerhouse.

19 days ago
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