TOPIC: “ELIGIBILITY ISSUES WITH CRUZ AND RUBIO”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 29, 2016) — PPSimmons News & Ministry Network has announced that the lead investigator of the Obama long-form birth certificate probe, Mike Zullo, will be a guest on this evening’s edition of “Freedom Friday” hosted by Carl Gallups.
Zulu has appeared on the show previously to speak about the progress of the investigation, although not recently. Later today, he is scheduled to speak on the topic of “the false information perpetrated by the media concerning eligibility issues with Cruz and Rubio…Perhaps a few more surprises as well?”
Beginning in September 2011, Zullo led the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse in an ongoing investigation into the authenticity of the birth certificate image posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 at the request of Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio.
The image appeared to have been released as a result of pressure from businessman Donald Trump, who was considering a presidential run at the time and demanded that Obama prove that he was eligible to hold the office. Trump took credit for the release of the image and said that he would be examining it for its authenticity. Trump has not provided more information on that probe, if it occurred.
In August 2011, Arpaio was approached by approximately 250 members of local Tea Party groups concerned that several experts’ opinions that the image was a forgery meant that their votes in the 2012 presidential election would be disenfranchised.
On March 1, 2012, Zullo and Arpaio gave a press conference in which they declared that six months of investigation showed that Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration forms are “computer-generated forgeries.”
The White House has not responded to the claims, and the media contained virtually all of its coverage to the internet.
On July 17, 2012, Arpaio and Zullo gave a second press conference during which they went into further detail as to how their conclusions were reached. They also stated that the standard of probable cause in the forgery of the birth certificate had been surmounted.
PPSimmons’s reference to “Cruz” and “Rubio,” respectively, is to presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whom are currently U.S. senators.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen.” Ballot challenges and lawsuits naming both men as ineligible to hold the office have been filed in several states, with current presidential candidate Donald Trump having predicted that more will follow pertaining to Cruz, who he does not believe is eligible.
Cruz, who was born in Canada in December 1970 to a father from Cuba and mother born in the United States, held Canadian citizenship until June 2014, when his renouncement was made final. He claims he is a “natural born Citizen” through his U.S.-citizen mother. However, several unconfirmed reports say that Cruz’s mother, as well as his father, applied for and received Canadian citizenship while they were residing in Alberta working in the Canadian oil industry.
Thus far, Cruz has not released any documentation proving that he was registered as a U.S. citizen from birth. Both the U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have told The Post & Email that any documents on Cruz, should they exist, are not available to anyone without a direct and tangible interest in the record.
Rubio was born in the United States in 1971 to two parents from Cuba who did not naturalize as U.S. citizens until 1975. Although Trump has challenged Cruz’s eligibility publicly, he believes that Rubio is eligible because of his birth in the U.S.
Presidential candidate Cody Robert Judy has challenged the eligibility of Cruz, Rubio, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Barack Hussein Obama, and John McCain, the latter of whom ran against Obama in the 2008 presidential race. In 2008, Judy filed lawsuits against McCain and Obama, followed by two more naming Obama as ineligible in 2012 and 2014, both of which reached but did not receive a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Major media have not seriously questioned whether or not Cruz, Rubio and Jindal are constitutionally eligible. Citing unnamed “legal experts,” Fox News’s Bret Baier and others have said that a “consensus” exists that Cruz is eligible despite his birth in Canada to a foreign-citizen father who did not naturalize until 2005. However, approximately three years ago, Fox’s Carl Cameron reported that Cruz was ineligible because he was born outside of the country.
In 2008 and 2012, the media imposed a virtual blackout on questions as to Obama’s eligibility first raised, perhaps inadvertently, by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in December 2007 when he speculated whether or not Democrat primary contender Hillary Clinton would raise the issue of Obama’s having been “born in Indonesia.”
Several print reports dating back to Obama’s U.S. Senate run in 2004 stated that he was “born in Kenya,” as did his biography released by his literary agent in 1991.
Although not reported by the media, several attorneys who have studied the “natural born” issue believe that the Framers intended the presidency only for a person born within the United States to to citizen parents.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.