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Widower of Joe Scarborough staffer pleads with twitter to erase Trump’s tweets

The widower of Joe Scarborough’s Congressional staffer has asked Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to delete tweets written by President Trump that suggest she was murdered by the ‘Morning Joe’ host. 

Timothy Klausutis, the husband of the late Lori Klausutis, wrote a letter to Dorsey on Thursday that said, ‘Please delete those tweets.’ 

‘My wife deserves better,’ he pleaded. 

But a spokesperson for Twitter told CNN that the company won’t be pulling down the president’s tweets on Lori Klausutis’ death, which continued Tuesday morning. 

‘We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,’ the spokesperson said. ‘We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.’ 

Timothy Klausutis (pictured), the husband of the late Lori Klausutis, has asked Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to remove President Trump’s tweet that allege she was murdered by her boss Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ 

For weeks, President Trump has pushed a conspiracy theory on his Twitter account, suggesting a Congressional aide for Joe Scarborough, then a Republican congressman, died in a suspicious way

For weeks, President Trump has pushed a conspiracy theory on his Twitter account, suggesting a Congressional aide for Joe Scarborough, then a Republican congressman, died in a suspicious way

These three tweets, two from President Trump and one from Donald Trump Jr., are referenced in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey penned by Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Joe Scarborough's staffer who died in his Florida Congressional office in 2001

These three tweets, two from President Trump and one from Donald Trump Jr., are referenced in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey penned by Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Joe Scarborough’s staffer who died in his Florida Congressional office in 2001 

Joe Scarborough (right), with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski (left), served in Congress as a Republican, but has become a vocal critic of President Trump and his former political party

Joe Scarborough (right), with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski (left), served in Congress as a Republican, but has become a vocal critic of President Trump and his former political party 

Timothy Klausutis wrote to the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey (pictured), but a Twitter spokesperson said Tuesday that the site would not be pulling Trump's tweets

Timothy Klausutis wrote to the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey (pictured), but a Twitter spokesperson said Tuesday that the site would not be pulling Trump’s tweets 

The New York Times obtained a copy of Timothy Klausutis’ letter. 

As Timothy Klausutis recounts in the letter, Lori Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head on her desk at work, where her body was found the next morning. 

Lori Klausutis died at age 28 in 2001. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work

Lori Klausutis died at age 28 in 2001. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work 

Lori Klausutis was 28-years-old when she died in 2001, and was a staffer in the Florida office of Rep. Joe Scarborough, who resigned from Congress later that year. 

President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have repeated a conspiracy theory that Scarborough, now the host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ was responsible for her death. 

Scarborough, while a Republican in Congress, has become extremely critical of the Trump administration.  

In a May 12 tweet, the president wrote, ‘When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so,’ Trump tweeted. 

‘Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!’ the president added. 

In a May 4 tweet Trump wrote, ‘”Concast” should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,’ he said, referring to NBC’s parent company, Comcast.  

‘I know him and Crazy Mika well used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record thathe is “nuts.” Besides,bad ratings!’ the presidenet continued, referencing Scarborough’s co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. 

When MSNBC’s public relations tweeted that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden was going to come on ‘Morning Joe’ to talk about the sexual assault allegations made against him by former Congressional staffer Tara Reade, Donald Trump Jr. chimed in, ‘What show is Joe going to go on to discuss Lori Klausutis?’ 

These are the tweets Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete from the platform.   

‘I have mourned my wife every day since her passing. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life,’ he wrote in the letter.

‘There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life,’ he continued. 

He talked about how he didn’t want Lori’s niece and two nephews, who never met their aunt before she died, to meet her this way. 

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis' death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death 

On Saturday, President Trump also tweeted about Lori Klausutis' death, suggesting it should be investigated

On Saturday, President Trump also tweeted about Lori Klausutis’ death, suggesting it should be investigated 

‘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,’ he argued. ‘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.’    

‘I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain,’ Timothy Klausutis wrote. 

As of Tuesday morning, Trump’s tweets remained on the website – and he continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death. 

‘The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,’ the president wrote Tueday morning. ‘In 2016 when Joe & his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most.’ 

‘So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?’ the president added.  

HERE’S THE LETTER THE WIDOWER OF JOE SCARBOROUGH’S STAFFER SENT TO TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY

Mr.Dorsey:

Nearly 19 years ago, my wife, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell and hit her head on her desk at work. She was found dead the next morning. Her name is Lori Kaye Klausutis and she was 28 years old when she died. Her passing is the single most painful thing that I have ever had to deal with in my 52 years and continues to haunt her parents and sister. 

I have mourned my wife every day since her passing. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life. There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life. 

The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet. These conspiracy theorists, including most recently the President of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform disparaging the memory of my wife and our marriage. President Trump on Tuesday tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough. The son of the president followed and more directly attacked my wife by tweeting to his followers as the means of spreading this vicious lie. I’m sure you are aware of this situation because media aroundthe world have covered it, but just in case, here it is: 

‘When willthey open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly ? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!’ – President Trump 

‘”Concast” should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough. I know him and Crazy Mika well used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is “nuts”.Besides, bad ratings!’ – President Trump 

‘What show is Joe going to go on to discuss Lori Klausutis?’ – Donald Trump Jr. 

My request is simple: Please delete these tweets.

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. 

I am now angry as well as frustrated and grieved. I understand that Twitter’s policies about content are designed to maintain the appearance that your hands are clean you provide the platform and the rest is up to users. However, in certain past cases, Twitter has removed content and accounts that are inconsistent with your terms of service. 

I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain. I would also ask that you consider Lori’s niece and two nephews who will eventually come across this filth in the future. They have never met their Aunt and it pains me to think they would ever have to ‘learn’ about her this way. 

My wife deserves better. 

Thank you for your consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,  

Timothy J. Klausutis, Ph.D    

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