Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy

House Republican Conference Chairwoman 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.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE should stop tweeting an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about “Morning Joe” host 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.

The criticism from the third-ranking GOP leader came just a couple hours after Trump took to Twitter for the second day in a row to raise a conspiracy theory about the death of an aide to then-Rep. Scarborough (R-Fla.), despite pleas from the aide’s widower to stop.

“I do think the president should stop tweeting about Joe Scarborough. I think we’re in the middle of a pandemic. He’s the commander in chief of this nation, and it's causing great pain to the family of the young woman who died. So I would urge him to stop it,” Cheney told a handful of reporters after a news conference outside the Capitol.


Asked if Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, personally knew Scarborough, she replied: “The president should stop tweeting about it.”

During the news conference moments earlier, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention McCarthy calls NY requests for Trump tax returns political MORE (R-Calif.), a top Trump ally, was pressed about the Trump tweets on Scarborough, who served in Congress from 1995 to 2001.

“I did not serve with Scarborough. ... I don’t know anything about the case itself,” McCarthy told reporters.

Few GOP lawmakers have spoken out against Trump’s attacks on Scarborough. But earlier this week, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon: 'No corroborating evidence' yet to validate troop bounty allegations Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Trump faces bipartisan calls for answers on Russian-offered bounties MORE (R-Ill.) took aim at Trump on Twitter, calling the story a “completely unfounded conspiracy” and urging the president to “just stop. Stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia. It will destroy us.”

But Trump has not stopped. On Wednesday, in the face of media criticism and pleas from the widower, Trump continued to bash Scarborough, who with his wife and co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiThe Memo: Trump's Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies Fox's Perino presses Trump official on Scarborough tweets: 'How does this help the president win?' Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy MORE have become some of Trump’s most high-profile and vocal critics.


“Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “He knows what is happening!”

However, authorities have not opened any cold case. Trump has been fixated on the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, an aide who had worked in Scarborough’s congressional office in Florida. 

Authorities determined that Klausutis, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell and hit her head at work in 2001. She was found dead the following morning. Scarborough was in Washington at the time, and the medical examiner ruled her death an accident. 

Morgan Chalfant contributed.