Clinton's campaign says he's making up those "people."
Hours after an unusually disciplined speech on his economic plan for the country, Trump, using the "people are saying" sentence structure he often favors to make accusations, tweeted Monday night:
"Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails."
Donald Trump: Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails.
He didn't say which people he meant. The FBI has said there is no evidence that Clinton's emails were hacked due to her use of a private account and server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Tweeted back Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill:
"'Many people are saying'='I made this up.'"
Merrill added that after Trump's morning speaking to the Detroit Economic Club and sticking closely to his script, "the muzzle was bound to come off."
Trump isn't the first to suggest there could be a link between Clinton's emails on her private server and the execution of Shahram Amiri.
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday that there "were on Hillary Clinton's private server, there were conversations among her senior advisers about this gentleman."
"That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server," he said.