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CNN host Jake Tapper delivered a scathing monologue Tuesday afternoon aimed at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for floating a decades-old conspiracy theory about the death of a Clinton White House aide.
“Once again, journalists are in the unhappy predicament of trying to decide whether and how to cover false allegations raised by a candidate for president of the United States,” Tapper said at the outset of his two-minute monologue.
Trump told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday that the suicide of Vincent Foster was a “very serious” issue and appeared “very fishy.”
Tapper noted that investigations by the Park Service Police, CNN, Independent counsels Robert Fiske and Ken Starr and congressional reviews all concluded Foster’s death was a result of suicide.
“So one would think case closed, right? Wrong,” Tapper said. “Donald Trump in an interview appearing in today’s Washington Post called the circumstances surrounded Vince Foster’s death ‘very fishy’ and said, ‘I don’t bring Foster’s death up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it.’”
“Right, of course. Except you just did that, Mr. Trump,” the CNN host continued. “You lent credence to a bizarre and unfounded conspiracy theory. But you’re right, it’s not fair that you did that. Certainly not to Mr. Foster’s widow or their children.”
“To be clear, the notion that this was a murder is a fiction born of delusion and untethered to reality and contradicted by evidence in six different investigations,” Tapper added. “One of them by Ken Starr, hardly a Clinton defender. To say otherwise is ridiculous and frankly shameful. Again, this is not a pro-Clinton position. Or an anti-Trump position. It is a pro-truth position.”
This is not the first time Tapper has taken time to debunk a “shameful” Trump claim. Earlier this month, hedelivered a similar monologue when the real estate mogul suggested Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) father was connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.