I like many other Americans had a sense of cringe with President Trump continually bringing up the death of Lori Klausutis, a Florida staffer for then-Rep. Joe Scarborough.
The 28-year old allegedly died accidentally from an acute subdural hematoma in July 2001 after falling and banging her head on a desk in Scarborough’s Florida office. The medical examiner at the time said she probably passed out, which was likely caused by an irregular heartbeat from an undiagnosed heart valve disease.
An interesting side note on the medical examiner in the Klausutis case. In 2012 Florida police arrested former ME Michael Berkland and charged him with multiple counts of keeping over 100 crudely preserved human remains in a rented storage unit in Pensacola, FL. Berkland was also fired from his ME position in Missouri in 1997 for shoddy record keeping and subsequently lost his license.
Scarborough was reportedly in Washington at the time, but according to records the congressman was scheduled to meet with constituents the morning they found Klausutis’s body.
However, as President Trump insisted Tuesday again “it was a very sad and very suspicious” and speaking about the victim’s family “I’m sure ultimately they want to get to the bottom of this and it’s a very serious situation,” Trump said at Tuesday’s White House press conference.
At this point I have to say, “Does the president know something?”
Why would he continue to push the narrative by saying, “There is no statue of limitation.”
And why would Scarborough have his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski provide the dramatic rebuttal to the charge? An innocent man should be able to defend himself against this type of attack.
Finally, Trump is taking it personally when he says he saw Scarborough and Don Imus joking about it.
Lots of smoke, but let’s see if there is fire.