by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 27, 2018) — On Tuesday afternoon, former Trump foreign-policy campaign advisor Carter Page tweeted that progress in the criminal case filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York against former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and the Trump Organization is “delayed so that @MFIADave can go to @BarackObama’s boyhood home of Indonesia.”

“@MFIADave” is David Schulz, a senior partner at the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP.  Schulz’s Twitter feed indicates that he is not a supporter of President Trump nor Republicans in general.

Schulz has defended a number of media giants from civil liability, including The New York Times, AP, and The New Yorker.  One of his credits reads:

Defended the Associated Press against a libel claim brought by a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, who objected to an AP report detailing his past business relationship with Paul Manafort, one-time manager of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The court granted the AP’s motion to dismiss after finding that Deripaska, a billionaire close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was a public figure who failed to plausibly allege that AP published the report with “actual malice,” as the First Amendment requires. The court further found that Deripaska failed to identify anything materially false in the AP report.

The firm has six offices in the Northeast and nine others ranging from the Southeast to the Upper Midwest to Los Angeles.  The firm’s website lists articles in which it has been mentioned or featured.

Schulz is a plaintiff’s attorney in the case PEN American Center, Inc. v. Trump, which claims that “official acts by the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump” are intended to “stifle exercise of the constitutional protections of free speech and a free press.”

A letter written to the presiding judge in the case on Schulz’s behalf, a link to which Page included in his tweet, states that Schulz is unable to appear at a scheduled pretrial conference for December 11 resulting from a “previously scheduled trip to Indonesia, where he will be from December 6 through December 25, 2018.”

Obama’s life narrative, although containing many inconsistencies, includes the claim that he lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather between the ages of six and ten. Prior to that, he allegedly lived in the state of Hawaii, where he says he was born on August 4, 1961.

An image posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 said to be a certified copy of Obama’s detailed, or “long-form,” birth certificate was almost immediately declared a forgery by experts, a claim supported by a 5+-year investigation conducted by former detective Mike Zullo under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

Major media has spurned Zullo’s findings, reported in three press conferences over the life of the investigation and concluding with the revelation that to outside forensic experts produce reports agreeing with his findings on the long-form birth certificate image.

The investigation also found Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form to be a forgery, after which then-Selective Service System (SSS) Director Lawrence Romo declined to investigate.

“Is he looking for the former ‘s birth certificate there?” Page tweeted. “Far less of a conspiracy theory than the Fake News that Dems gave to U.S. FISA Court,” he wrote, referring to the Russia “dossier” provided to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) by the FBI and Justice Department as justification to monitor Page’s communications between October 2016 and September 2017.

Page has not been charged with a crime and has said that neither the FBI nor the DOJ and has ever asked to interview him despite the ongoing probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is seeking evidence of “collusion” between Trump campaign aides and Russia to win the election.

In July, the U.S. Justice Department released to government-watchdog Judicial Watch 412 pages of documentation submitted to the FISA court, to include the dossier, claiming that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign government, namely that of Russia. Earlier this year, members of two U.S. House committees reported that in the warrant applications, FBI and DOJ officials did not divulge to the court that the dossier had been commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign/DNC and that its contents were “salacious and unverified,” as former FBI Director James Comey told Trump in January 2017.



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