Trump tweet blames Clinton emails for Iranian nuclear scientist’s execution
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE claimed Monday night that Iran executed a nuclear scientist who helped the United States because of emails referring to him on the private email server Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLate night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 10 steps toward better presidential debating Continuity is (mostly) on the menu for government contracting in the next administration MORE used while secretary of State.

Trump tweeted, “Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails.”


But journalists immediately began pushing back, labeling Trump’s claim as inaccurate.

Josh Rogin, a columnist for The Washington Post, tweeted and linked to his story, “No, Donald. You are the only one saying it. And you are wrong.” 

Tim Fernholz, a reporter for Quartz, tweeted, “This is wildly false, of course—leaks from CIA officials put Amiri's work in newspapers around the world.” 

On Sunday, there were multiple reports that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was executed for providing the United States information about Tehran’s nuclear program. He was hanged for treason because he gave “vital information to the enemy.”

That same day, Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonBarrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Ark.) called Clinton “reckless” and cited her emails that included references to the nuclear scientist.

"I'm not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton's private server, there were conversations among her senior advisers about this gentleman," Cotton said on CBS's "Face The Nation."