Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said Tuesday that he has “no idea” whether the Clintons were behind the death of White House staffer Vince Foster, leaving the door open to a decades-old conspiracy theory.
Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump raising the theory that Foster’s 1993 death was the result of foul play, Barbour first tried to blame The Washington Post for asking Trump about the issue.
“You know what question is coming next,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough responded. “Do you think Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons?”
“I have no idea and have no suspicion that’s the case. But I don’t know,” Barbour responded.
“That, sir, is the correct answer!” Scarborough interrupted. “You don’t even have to say you don’t know!”
“But I don’t know,” the former Republican National Committee chairman continued. “Because it’s obvious I don’t know.”
Scarborough steamrolled over Barbour’s hedging, saying he “hit the ball off a tee” by concluding, as multiple investigations did, that Foster’s death was a suicide.