Trump says he believes Scarborough 'got away with murder'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE on Wednesday said he believed that Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low Cheney clashes with Trump Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record 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 CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record CNN's Chris Cuomo lauds brother in panned interview: 'You're both awful' Ken Burns: 'Confederate monuments have to go' 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 CheneySome in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Biggs, Massie call on Trump to remove troops from Afghanistan Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide 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.