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Video of an interview between Joe Scarborough and the late Don Imus, both of whom were hosts for MSNBC, features the two of them joking about the former congressman having an affair with an intern and then having to “kill her.”
Imus, then host of “Imus in the Morning” on the network, was interviewing Scarborough circa June 2003, who was the incoming host of “Scarborough Country,” when the host made the off-color joke.
“Occasionally, we’re gonna try to help you,” Imus begins. “And you’ve, right Charles, you’ve got to listen.”
“Well, tell me what I need to do,” Scarborough, who was being interviewed via telephone, responds.
“Well, no, you’re doin’ great. Don’t be afraid to be funny. Because you are funny. Uh…you know, I asked you why you went in Congress, you said you’d had sex with the intern, then you had to kill her,” Imus said, spurring laughter from Scarborough.
“Exactly,” the former GOP lawmaker from Florida said.
“I mean, that’s pretty risky to say,” Imus continued.
“What’re you gonna do?” Scarborough responded.
The surfacing of the video, which, oddly enough, was linked from Democrats.com, comes after President Donald Trump snapped at Scarborough last week in calling for an investigation into a deceased intern, Lori Klausutis, who worked for the former Florida Republican and died under mysterious conditions in his congressional office.
“‘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! #OPENJOECOLDCASE,” the president tweeted last week.
Klausutis, then 28, was found dead at Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach office on July 21, 2001. The coroner ruled the death accidental, stemming from an “undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia” which caused her “breathing to stop.”
Police determined that condition led her to pass out, where she struck her head on an office desk, fracturing her skull.
But many doubted the official version of events, noting that Klausutis was a marathon runner who had recently completed an 8K race and was a member of the Northwest Florida Track Club.
Also, Scarborough — who served in Congress from 1994 to 2001, resigned five months into his fourth term, in September 2001, and two months after the young intern was found dead on the floor in his office.
A Pensacola News Journal report at the time stated that police did not suspect foul play.
“There was no indication of foul play,” said then-Fort Walton Beach Police Chief Steve Hogue, the paper reported.
She was working alone in the office at the time. Normally, according to reports, two people staff the office but the other employee was out on vacation.
“For over two years, Lori worked tirelessly as a faithful servant to the people of Northwest Florida in our Fort Walton Beach office,” Scarborough said in a news release then. “I know Lori will also be missed by the thousands of citizens who regularly contact my office to seek assistance with a variety of problems.”
Klausutis, who was reportedly married, joined Scarborough’s office in 1999.
Her death, and the conditions surrounding it, were surprising to people who knew her.
“From what I knew of her … she was in excellent physical condition,” friend Paul Lux said. “If she had any debilitating illness, she never shared it with me or anyone we associated with.”
Klausutis’ death came shortly after the mysterious disappearance in 2001 of another intern, Chandra Levy, who worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons but was rumored to have been romantically involved with then-California Democratic Rep. Gary Condit.
She disappeared while jogging, reports said. Police found her remains a year later in a remote area of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.
Condit admitted to police at the time that he was having an affair with her but denied any link to her death.
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