Vince Foster's sister: 'Cruel' for Trump to bring up his death
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The sister of former White House aide Vincent Foster said presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE was "cruel" to bring up her brother's death on the campaign trail.

Sheila Foster Anthony, the sister of a onetime top aide to President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Is Wall Street serving its own interests by supporting China's? MORE, wrote an opinion piece published Thursday in The Washington Post titled, "Vince Foster was my brother. Donald Trump should be ashamed."

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In it, she said it is "beyond contempt that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy."

Trump raised doubts this week about the official version of events surrounding Foster's suicide in 1993. He called the circumstances around the death "very fishy."

“He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump said of Foster’s relationship with the Clintons. “He knew everything that was going on and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.” 

Foster was a longtime friend of the Clintons and served as deputy White House counsel in the first few months of Clinton's presidency. He was found dead from a gunshot wound in July 1993. Three official investigations agreed that his death was a suicide as that he suffered from depression. But right-wing conspiracy theories maintain that the Clintons were somehow involved.

Anthony said insinuating that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE played a role in her brother's death was "wrong" and "irresponsible."

"This is scurrilous enough coming from right-wing political operatives who have peddled conspiracy theories about Vince’s death for more than two decades," Anthony wrote.  

"How could this be coming from the presumptive Republican nominee for president?"

Anthony wrote that she and her brother were very close and he admitted to her he was battling depression. 

"I did not see a suicide coming, yet when I was told that Vince was dead, I knew that he had killed himself. Never for a minute have I doubted that was what happened," she wrote.

She said the suggestions that her brother was murdered have caused her family "untold pain." But she has never spoken publicly about the incident to maintain their privacy, she wrote.

"For Trump to raise these theories again for political advantage is wrong," she wrote. 

"I cannot let such craven behavior pass without a response."