Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (Wyo.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE should stop tweeting an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about “Morning Joe” host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump Michael Keaton urges Biden not to debate Trump again: 'You won. Walk away' Joe Scarborough urges Biden: 'Do not do anymore debates' 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 McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight 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 KinzingerFox News reporter defends confirming Atlantic piece despite Trump backlash: 'I feel very confident' GOP lawmaker defends Fox reporter after Trump calls for her firing Lindsey Graham: 'QAnon is bats--- crazy' 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 BrzezinskiScarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump Pennsylvania AG on Trump's mail-in voting attacks: 'He's just trying to create chaos' Mika Brzezinski: 'Super grossed out' by Trump speech attendees 'who put their lives at risk' 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.