Joe Scarborough moderates a town hall with Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 17, 2016.Mark Peterson / for NBC News / Redux file
Twitter said Tuesday it will not remove tweets from President Donald Trump that impugned MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, despite pleas from the family of a woman who died while working for Scarborough when he was a member of Congress.
The woman, Lori Klausutis, died in 2001 while working in Scarborough’s congressional office. Medical authorities said her death stemmed from a heart condition that caused her to collapse and hit her head on her desk, but Trump has repeatedly pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that Scarborough was somehow involved in foul play.
Lori’s husband, Timothy Klausutis, sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday asking for the company to remove tweets from Trump that pushed the conspiracy theory.
“My request is simple: Please delete these tweets,” Klausutis wrote. “I’m a research engineer and not a lawyer, but reviewed all of Twitter’s rules and terms of service. The President’s tweet that suggests that Lori was murdered without evidence and contrary to the official autopsy is a violation of Twitter’s community rules and terms of service. An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed.”
Klausutis declined to comment on Twitter’s decision.
A Twitter spokesperson said in an email Tuesday that the company was working on making changes, though it did not agree to remove the tweets.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Jason Abbruzzese