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Trump says he believes Scarborough 'got away with murder'

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE on Wednesday said he believed that Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says comparisons of Capitol riot to summer protests irrelevant Scarborough: 'Pence is in fear for his life because of Donald J. Trump' Can the media regain credibility under Biden? MORE “got away with murder,” returning to talk of an unfounded conspiracy theory about the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host despite criticism.

“I’ve always felt that he got away with murder. That was my feeling, a very strong feeling, and I do feel it,” Trump said during a radio interview with Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday morning.

Trump also said that he spends time criticizing Scarborough and CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Chris Cuomo criticized for hypocrisy after he says he won't cover brother's controversy The Memo: Cuomo's fall raises questions for media MORE because he feels compelled to “hit back” at his critics.

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"I just do it. People hit me, I hit back. I fight. I’ve always felt that about Scarborough,” Trump said.

Trump was widely criticized, including by some in his own party, for promoting a baseless theory about Scarborough’s potential involvement in the death of an aide in his Florida office in 2001 when he represented the state’s 1st Congressional District.

Trump tweeted repeatedly about the theory earlier this month, prompting Republicans such as House Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRomney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MAGALand in Orlando Kinzinger: Trump just wants to 'stand in front of a crowd and be adored' MORE (Wyo.) to urge him to stop.

The aide, Lori Klausutis, fell and hit her head at work in 2001 and was found dead the following morning. Scarborough was in Washington at the time, and the medical examiner ruled her death an accident. Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition, which is believed to have contributed to her death.

Her widower, Timothy Klausutis, recently wrote to Twitter asking the social media platform to remove the president’s tweets, accusing Trump of taking the memory of his deceased wife and “pervert[ing] it for perceived political gain.”

Twitter has thus far declined to remove the messages.

Brett Samuels contributed reporting.