- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 28, 2016) — On Sunday afternoon, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz tweeted that in keeping with Mitt Romney’s call last Thursday, fellow candidate Donald Trump should “release his tax returns.”
Just below that tweet is another comment from Cruz stating, “.
@realDonaldTrump should release them because primary voters should be able to vet us all! https://www.tedcruz.org/ted-cruz-tax-returns/ … “
Cruz claimed on ABC’s “This Week” that Trump is “hiding something.”
Over the last 11 months The Post & Email has attempted to “vet” Cruz by requesting records which might indicate that he possesses U.S. citizenship, a separate issue from whether or not he is a “natural born Citizen,” as the Constitution requires, to serve as president.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to a U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban father who swore allegiance to Canada in 1973.
Cruz claims he has always been a U.S. citizen but has not disclosed his passport or college applications, certificate of U.S. citizenship, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), or any other documentation demonstrating same.
At the time of Cruz’s birth in Calgary, he was awarded Canadian citizenship and Canada did not recognize dual citizenship.
On Thursday, when Romney first began calling for Trump to release his tax returns, he suggested that there is a “bombshell” within them such as that his income is less than he has claimed or that he has not given to charities in the amounts he has publicly claimed.
When The Post & Email tweeted back to Romney on Friday, “What is your agenda?” with a reminder that Trump had campaigned for Romney in 2012, we received no response. Although a follower of Romney’s, his tweets no longer appear in our timeline.
However, on Friday evening, former Trump adviser Roger Stone told Alex Jones in an interview that Romney is part of a plan with the Koch brothers to back candidate Marco Rubio if he can win the primary in his own state of Florida on March 15. Should Rubio lose Florida, according to Stone, Romney will enter the race in an attempt to wrest the Republican nomination from Trump at the RNC in Cleveland in July.
Although the media is reporting on eligibility challenges and lawsuits filed against Cruz and Rubio, whose credentials are also in question, it has not provided the public with the historical backdrop for the inclusion of the “natural born Citizen” term in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution. Fearful of foreign “intrigue” and influence, Founding Father and first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay suggested to George Washington at the Constitutional Convention that it “be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expresly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”
Rep. John Bingham, considered the author of the 14th Amendment which awarded citizenship to freed slaves, has described a natural born Citizen as one born in the U.S. to citizen parents. Having argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Cruz appears unaware of the several cases decided by the high court which touched on the subject and definition of “natural born Citizen.”
In response to a federal lawsuit filed in Utah by a registered voter and attorney, Cruz’s attorneys wrote that “Accordingly, Senator Cruz was a citizen of the United States at the moment of his birth” but provided no proof.
As of press time, Cruz has provided no response to our tweet, nor has The Post & Email noted any other tweets from Cruz’s Twitter account.
Beginning in 2007, when Chris Matthews reported that Obama was “born in Indonesia,” questions about Obama’s eligibility were obliterated by the mainstream media. It remains unknown if Obama is U.S. citizen, “natural born Citizen,” or neither. Many Americans believe he is an Islamic sympathizer and that his allegiance lies outside of the United States.
In 2012, the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse declared Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate and Selective Service registration form “computer-generated forgeries.”
Update, 1:26 p.m. EST: Approximately 35 minutes after publication of this article, Cruz resumed tweeting.
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