The Daily Beast reports:
President Donald Trump, via his son-in-law Jared Kushner, encouraged his pals at the notorious supermarket tabloid National Enquirer in 2017 to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aide, knowledgeable sources confirmed to The Daily Beast.
More recently, the president has displayed a bizarre obsession with the allegations, even bringing it up Wednesday morning amid nationwide protests, chaos, and growing unrest, declaring on Fox News radio that he thought Scarborough “got away with murder.”
Since last month, officials on Trump’s campaign and in his White House have also devoted time and resources to weighing in on the Scarborough smear.
According to the above-linked article (which is behind a paywall), the Enquirer dropped the story when it could find no evidence after weeks of effort, although Scarborough and cohost Mike Brzezinski were later targeted by the tabloid multiple times after criticizing Trump. The White House is denying the claim, telling the Daily Beast that it is “ludicrous on its face.”
EXCLUSIVE: In 2017, at the request of Trump, Jared Kushner encouraged his pals at The National Enquirer to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aidehttps://t.co/sC0HfcvsyS
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 3, 2020