Trump tweet blames Clinton emails for Iranian nuclear scientist’s execution
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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 ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' 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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonLawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Five things to know about Iran's breaches of the nuclear deal Hillicon Valley: Trump gets pushback after reversing course on Huawei | China installing surveillance apps on visitors' phones | Internet provider Cloudflare suffers outage | Consumer groups look to stop Facebook cryptocurrency 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."