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Trump says he believes Scarborough 'got away with murder'

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE on Wednesday said he believed that Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Scarborough, Greenwald trade insults on Twitter over rise of Trump Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants 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 CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin Club for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito meet today as deadline looms 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 CheneyLiz Cheney hired security after death threats: report Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas 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.