BUT STILL NO EVIDENCE OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 21, 2017) — An article posted at Medium.com written by Rebel Media‘s Jack Posobiec reports that President Donald Trump is engaging in discussions with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others as to “what they would do differently” if Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign his post.
Posobiec led a grassroots campaign for Trump in 2016 and remains an open supporter of the businessman-turned-politician. Rebel Media has official White House press corps credentials.
On Wednesday, The New York Times published an exclusive interview with Trump conducted in the Oval Office in which Trump, at a minimum, expressed significant frustration with Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the “Russia investigation” embroiling former and current Trump campaign aides.
Sessions was one of the first, if not the first, U.S. Senator to publicly support Trump’s presidential bid.
The article contains three bylines of individuals who have demonstrated a political bias against Trump in the past and frequently use anonymous sources to “report” alleged incidents within the Trump administration.
The authors reported that Trump told them during the interview of his attorney general, “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.”
On Thursday, the Trump administration marked six months in office, with Sessions having been confirmed by the Senate on February 8.
Also on Thursday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that the president retains confidence in Sessions despite the remarks he made to The New York Times reporters and as Sessions declared the same day that he will remain attorney general for “as long as that is appropriate.”
A reader The Post & Email who has been highly active in challenging the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, Cruz, and others responded to Posobiec with:
Just after the 2016 election, at least one report stated that Cruz was under consideration for attorney general then, with The Post & Email reporting:
Over the 17-month presidential campaign, Trump questioned whether or not Cruz was eligible to serve as President of the United States given his well-documented birth in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at which time he was given a Canadian birth certificate.
On July 12, The Post & Email released documents received from the U.S. Justice Department as a result of a FOIA request made in March 2015. Our request asked for any and all documents bearing Cruz’s signature from his time serving as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the early days of the George W. Bush administration.
On the documents released, responses to questions asking Cruz’s citizenship were redacted from reasons of “privacy.”
In previous articles, The Post & Email has published documents we obtained through earlier Texas public records requests or FOIA requests filed to different federal entities. Among the documents released, which include Cruz’s application for federal student aid, his application for the position of Texas Solicitor General, and his Texas Bar Association registration card, none asked whether or not he was/is a U.S. citizen.
During the presidential primaries in 2015 and the first part of 2016, Cruz and Trump launched sharp attacks against one another, with Trump openly questioning Cruz’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president given his foreign birthplace.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states that the president and commander-in-chief must be a “natural born Citizen.”
In early 2011, Trump had questioned Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility after multiple reports stated that Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, as he claims. Others reported that he was born in Indonesia.
Trump was excoriated for his public questioning of Obama’s bona fides and became the object of strident ridicule from the mainstream media. However, on April 27, 2011, an image was posted on the White House website said to be a PDF upload representing Obama’s original birth record from the Hawaii Department of Health.
The image was declared a poor forgery within days of its publication and affirmed to be a “computer-generated forgery” by a five-year criminal investigation conducted by former New Jersey detective Mike Zullo for then-Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
As with Cruz, Obama has been called “an immigrant” to the U.S. During the campaign, former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders mistakenly called Obama’s father “an immigrant.” Barack Obama Sr. was first a British, then Kenyan citizen, and never became a U.S. citizen.
When in 2013, The Dallas Morning News reported that Cruz was born with dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, Cruz appeared to be surprised, with his spokeswoman stating at the time, “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship.”
Approximately nine months later, Cruz formally renounced his Canadian citizenship in apparent preparation for his presidential run.
Shortly after suspending his presidential campaign in May 2016, Cruz announced that he had filed the necessary documents to seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in November 2018.
One of the qualifications of a state or federal legislator is U.S. citizenship, with the same requirement applying to the position of US Attorney General.