Trump's Revival of Clinton Murder Theory Is 'Cruel'

Vince Foster's sister speaks out
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2016 7:24 AM CDT
Trump's Revival of Clinton Murder Theory Is 'Cruel'
Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Anaheim, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Donald Trump has revisited a conspiracy theory that the Clintons orchestrated a murder, and Sheila Foster Anthony "cannot let such craven behavior pass without a response." The Washington Post reports that in an interview last week, Trump was asked about the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster—who committed suicide in 1993—and branded it "very fishy. ... He knew everything that was going on [with the Clintons], and then all of a sudden he committed suicide." Conspiracy theories that the Clintons had Foster murdered because he had knowledge specific to the Whitewater scandal surfaced in the months following Foster's death, though five investigations found he took his own life. "For Trump to raise these theories again for political advantage is wrong," "irresponsible," and "cruel," Foster's sister writes at the Post.

Foster Anthony has never made public comments on the matter in a bid to protect the tattered remains of her family's privacy, but decided to when the Post asked what she thought. She says she was very close to her brother, who told her he was battling depression before he died; indeed, the names of three psychiatrists she suggested to him were in his wallet when his body was found in a park outside Washington DC. "I did not see a suicide coming, yet when I was told that Vince was dead I knew that he had killed himself. Never for a minute have I doubted that," and "these outrageous suggestions have caused our family untold pain," she adds. "This is scurrilous enough coming from right-wing political operatives who have peddled conspiracy theories about Vince’s death for more than two decades. How could this be coming from the presumptive Republican nominee for president?" Read her full column here. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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