by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 7, 2018) — At 12:40 p.m. EST, a reader using a New York Times ISP accessed one of The Post & Email’s 2010 articles featuring inquiries sent by constituents to their U.S. representatives and senators about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, who was then in the White House.
The article is titled, “Congressmen and Senators remain in Denial about Obama’s ineligibility.”
Copies of the emails were sent to The Post & Email with responses received from then-Rep. Jeff Flake; then-U.S. Senator John McCain; Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa; former Missouri Senator Kit Bond; and former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln.
The Times has characterized anyone questioning Obama’s eligibility as a “conspiracy theorist” and reported inaccurately that Obama’s former personal attorney, Judith Corley, then of Perkins Coie, in April 2011 traveled to Hawaii to “find” Obama’s birth certificate.
The White House had reported that Corley was asked to obtain two certified copies of Obama’s original birth certificate allegedly held by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) in Honolulu.
Earlier that year, then-businessman Donald Trump began pressuring the White House to release Obama’s “long-form” birth record which would presumably provide more details, such as a doctor’s signature and information about his parents, than had the “short-form” released online by an unknown party in June 2008.
Questions as to Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president arose following his declaration that he would seek the office in February 2007. Obama has publicly claimed a birth in Hawaii to a U.S.-citizen mother and Kenyan-citizen father who had never held nor applied for U.S. citizenship. However, credible, mainstream articles had reported his birth as having occurred in Kenya or Indonesia, with the Obama campaign neglecting to explain how the media might have obtained that information.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states that the president must be a “natural born Citizen,” a term widely debated long before Obama rose to national political prominence. While some interpret it to mean simply “born in the United States,” others believe it signified two generations of U.S. citizens, Meaning that a presidential candidate must’ve been not only born in the United States, but also to US-citizen parents. If naturalized, the candidate’s parents must have sworn allegiance to the United States prior to his birth.
Currently, the issue of “birthright citizenship” has called attention to the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to any child born on American soil regardless of the status of his parents. President Trump has pledged to take executive action in the near future to terminate the policy of birthright citizenship.
McCain’s eligibility was questioned when in 2000 he entered the Republican presidential primary because of his birth in Panama to US-citizen parents, one of whom was serving as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. McCain ultimately lost to George W. Bush. In 2008, a number of lawsuits challenged McCain’s eligibility once again but did not gain a hearing on the merits.
Beginning in August 2008, dozens of lawsuits were filed challenging Obama’s eligibility, with some focusing on the dubiousness of his birthplace and others on his foreign-citizen father. As with McCain, none received a hearing on the merits.
Corley’s purported delivery of the documents to the White House occurred several days before the White House uploaded an image on its website said to be a scan of one of the certified copies. Shortly thereafter, a number of experts claimed the image to be a poorly-created forgery, eventually prompting a criminal investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) which spanned five years.
Lead investigator and former detective Mike Zullo, working under the authority of then-Maricopa county Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, gave three press conferences between March 1, 2012 and December 15, 2016, detailing his findings concluding that the “long-form” birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
During the final presser, Zullo revealed that two forensic analysts, working in different disciplines and on two continents without knowledge of one another, supported those conclusions.
In radio interviews earlier this year, Zullo pointed out that Perkins Coie was deeply involved in arranging a closed press conference on the morning of April 27, 2011, just prior to the White House’s unveiling of the long-form birth certificate image to the public online.
Obama then spoke publicly from the White House, indicating that the long-form image “provided additional information today about the site of my birth.”
In one of his interviews, Zullo for the first time revealed that two intelligence-community sources confirmed to him that it is “an open secret” in Washington that Obama was not born on U.S. soil and therefore cannot meet that provision of the eligibility requirement.
Perkins Coie is the same law firm which acted as a conduit between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Fusion GPS to commission the Trump-Russia “dossier” in 2016. The dossier was provided as evidence to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) by the Justice Department and FBI to obtain surveillance warrants on a Trump campaign adviser. Neither DOJ nor FBI officials reportedly informed the court that the dossier was a political product.
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.