Katrina Pierson, Wolf Blitzer (Credit: CNN)

WATCH: Wolf Blitzer slams Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson over revival of Vince Foster conspiracy theories

It's almost as if talking about 1993 reminded Blitzer that he used to actually be a reporter


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 25, 2016 4:21PM (UTC)

On CNN's The Situation Room last night, Wolf Blitzer grilled Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about her candidate's insistence on bringing up long-discredited rumors about Bill and Hillary Clinton's involvement in the suicide of former aide Vince Foster.

Pierson insisted that Trump had not brought them up, that he was merely asked about them by The Washington Post and replied they were "very serious" and the circumstances of Foster's death "very fishy."

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"There were five federal investigations launched," she said, "so Mr. Trump simply said 'I'm not going to bring that up because I don't know enough about that.'"

Blitzer noted that all of those investigations -- congressional, federal, and park police -- determined that Foster was depressed, taking anti-depressants, and killed himself, "so why is [Trump] even bringing that up? Why is he reviving that?"

He also noted that, contra to what Pierson claimed, it was Trump who first mentioned Foster in The Washington Post interview, even if it was only to say that he didn't know enough about it to comment. Eventually, he asked her point blank whether Trump believes Foster committed suicide.

"He said he didn't know enough about the information, and I'm sure he'll learn enough about the information in case he's asked again," she replied by way of a non-answer.

Blitzer repeated that in addition to the five official investigations -- one of which was carried out by Ken Starr, not exactly a friend of the Clintons -- CNN conducted one of its own, and all of them determined Foster had committed suicide.

"Yes Wolf, you're right," she replied, "he should believe everything that the government and the media say."

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Watch the entire interview below via CNN.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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