President Trump on Wednesday seemingly called for an investigation into the death of a staffer who worked for Joe Scarborough when the MSNBC host was a congressman.
“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin?” he asked.
“And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago?” Trump added. “Investigate!”
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
Scarborough now hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” after serving as a GOP House representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district from 1995 to 2001.
NBC News on Wednesday fired Lauer from his role co-hosting “Today” after the network received a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” involving him.
Griffin has been MSNBC’s president since 2008, and the company is owned by Comcast, which also owns NBC News.
The Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday reported that conspiracy theories have swirled around the death of a congressional staffer for Scarborough since it happened in 2001.
The St. Petersburg Times in August 2001 reported that Lori Klausutis, 28, worked in Scarborough’s congressional district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida before her death.
Klausutis hailed from Niceville, Florida, and she told at least two people the day before she died that she was feeling ill.
The congressional aide was found dead in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach office on July 20, 2001.
Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland said at the time that Klausutis had lost consciousness due to an abnormal heart rhythm.
Berkland added that Klausutis then fell, hitting her head on a desk and causing a head injury that resulted in her death.
Klausutis was looking for a new job before her death as Scarborough had announced he would resign from Congress effective September 2001.
Relatives at the time noted that Klausutis had suffered a head injury in a traffic accident when she was a teenager that had left her in a coma.
Scarborough on Wednesday responded to Trump’s reference to Klausutis’ death in 2001, tweeting that the president is “not well.”