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Trump Fuels Conspiracy Theories Around Justice Scalia's Death

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the most polarizing figures in the U.S. Supreme Court, but his death has fans and decriers both speculating over his Feb. 13 death. Scalia was found dead in his bed at a hunting ranch in Texas and Judge Cinderela Guevara's decision not to order an autopsy has raised questions over the circumstances of his death. 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is among those who hasn’t immediately denied the possibility of foul play. In an interview on Michael Savage's radio show, "The Savage Nation,” Trump was asked if he thought Scalia was murdered, CBS News reported. 

“I know it's pretty brutal to say that, and I'm not wanting to drag you into this but this is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger. I went on the air and said we need the equivalent of a Warren Commission, we need an immediate autopsy before the body is disposed of. What do you think of that?” Savage asked.

Trump replied: "I'm hearing it's a big topic, that's the question. And it's a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can't give you an answer. You know usually I like to give you answers but I literally just heard it a little while ago.”

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Trump’s claim that a pillow was found on Scalia’s face isn’t totally accurate, according to John Poindexter, owner of the Cibolo Creek Ranch, where Scalia was found. "I think enough disclosures were made and what I said precisely was accurate. He had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying,” he told CNN.

 "The pillow was against the headboard and over his head when he was discovered. He looked like someone who had had a restful night's sleep. There was no evidence of anything else."

Guevera told The Associated Press she didn’t order an autopsy for the 79-year-old justice because there was no indication of foul play and he had several health conditions, including a history of heart trouble and high blood pressure. 

Sources: CBS News, AP via The Washington Post, CNN / Photo credit: Stephen Masker/Flickr

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