President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired off a tweet attacking MSNBC and demanding an investigation into the 2001 death of an intern to then GOP congressman Joe Scarborough.
Trump took a jab at Scarborough and MSNBC president Phil Griffin, calling for them to be terminated in the wake of Matt Lauer’s firing, the president mentioned an ” ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago.”
“So now tha[t] 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!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president was referencing a 28-year-old office worker who worked for Scarborough when he was a representative from Florida. The worker was found dead in the congressman’s district office in July 2001.
Local police said at the time, “preliminary findings from the medical examiner’s office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide,” according to an Associated Press report.
The staffer, Lori Klausutis had worked for Scarborough since May 1999, according to Scarborough’s press secretary at the time.
Trump’s tweet came shortly after NBC announced the firing of Lauer, the longtime “Today” show host.
Scarborough currently hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and has been a frequent critic of the president.
“Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets,” Scarborough wrote to his 1.96 million followers on Twitter in an apparent reference to the movie “Airplane.”
“He is not well,” he added.