WAS AMERICA’S “44TH PRESIDENT” BORN IN A FOREIGN LAND?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 7, 2019) — In an interview Monday evening with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, former Infowars Washington Bureau Chief Jerome Corsi told Cooper he “wants to see the official birth records from Kenya” allegedly belonging to Barack Hussein Obama, known as the U.S.’s 44th president.
The video of the interview portion focusing on Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, an issue raised by Cooper while positing that Corsi’s general credibility might be in question, was featured in an article at Mediaite that night. The exchange, however, appears to have begun with Corsi speaking about his testimony to a grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating “Russia collusion” allegations against the Trump campaign, and Corsi’s subsequent book about the treatment he said he received.
In November, Corsi made public a plea agreement he said he was offered by Mueller’s team of prosecutors which he rejected, insisting he did not commit “perjury.” In a number of media interviews which followed, Corsi said he expected to be indicted, and later, that members of his family have been “harassed” by federal investigators.
In late November, Corsi announced on his website that his attorney, Larry Klayman, filed a criminal complaint and a civil lawsuit against Mueller and his deputies alleging criminal and professional misconduct, respectively.
In stating that Corsi has promoted “conspiracy theories” in the past, Cooper invoked the fact that Infowars very recently retracted an article Corsi wrote about slain DNC staffer Seth Rich. The article was based on one appearing in The Washington Times written by the late Adm. James “Ace” Lyons (Ret) and retracted in September claiming that Rich and his brother, Aaron, were involved in supplying emails from the DNC’s servers to WikiLeaks. The government-transparency organization then infamously released them in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election, a move which some believe cost Hillary Clinton the White House.
The Times removed the article and issued a lengthy explanatory statement to settle a lawsuit filed by Aaron Rich.
Corsi responded to Cooper by stating that his article was retracted because the information upon which it was based was retracted. He mistakenly said Lyons’s article had been published in The Washington Post rather than The Times.
In other respects, Cosi said, he stood by his reporting. He also refuted Cooper’s assertion that he has questioned the government’s narrative of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
During the interview, Klayman misspoke on several occasions, one of which was when he said Obama’s “short-form” birth certificate stated that Obama’s father was “African-American.” Rather, the image, said to represent an official birth record from the Hawaii Department of Health, identifies the race of Barack Hussein Obama, Obama’s father, as “African.”
The abbreviated birth record, released in June 2008 as questions about Obama’s presidential eligibility were raised, was at first said by the Obama White House to be the only birth certificate available to the 44th president or anyone else born in Hawaii, for that matter. However, on April 27, 2011, after much public pressure from then-businessman Donald Trump, the White House released what it said was Obama’s “long-form” birth record, allegedly obtained through special dispensation by then-Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, Loretta Fuddy.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.” While controversy has raged for decades about the exact meaning of the term, most Americans understand that a foreign-born person such as Arnold Schwarzenegger or Canadian-born former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm are not eligible.
While the citizenship of a candidate’s parents at the time of his birth is often ignored, history shows that it was a significant component in determining whether or not an individual was simply a “citizen” or a “natural born Citizen.”
Three weeks after the release of the “long-form” birth certificate on the White House website, Corsi was interviewed by Alex Jones of Infowars, during which Corsi said that he “has documents from the government of Kenya which show that a crime was committed when Obama’s records were either destroyed or hidden,” according to The Post & Email’s record. The source of the video of Corsi’s exchange with Infowars is now off-line.
However, a February 5, 2012 interview between the two shows Corsi stating that “the information” about Obama’s purported birth in Kenya, stated by Obama’s then-literary agent from 1991 to 2007, “came from Barack Obama himself.”
In October 2008, Corsi traveled to Kenya. On October 7, 2008, WND, his employer at the time, reported:
The government of Kenya is holding WND senior staff reporter Jerome Corsi incommunicado at the airport until he departs the country after police shut down a scheduled news conference in which he planned to announce the findings of his investigation into Barack Obama’s connections in the country…
Corsi had promised a news conference today that would “expose details of deep secret ties between U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and a section of Kenya government leaders, their connection to certain sectoral groups in Kenya and subsequent plot to be executed in Kenya should Senator Obama win the American presidency.”
In an article dated October 23, 2008, WND wrote:
Corsi reported that when he was in Kenya he was told that Obama actually was born not in Honolulu but in Mombosa, on the Kenyan coast. He also said he was told by government officials there that his records were sealed and nothing could be released.
Corsi’s views, statements and books remain controversial among the mainstream media, with noticeable pushback focused on his research into Obama’s initially-absent “long-form” birth certificate and Corsi’s May 2011 book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.”
The media has labeled anyone questioning Obama’s public life narrative a “birther” and “conspiracy theorist” who is likely a “racist,” largely ignoring a 5+-year criminal investigation into the long-form image conducted under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) which concluded it to be, in fact, a “computer-generated forgery.”
Though perhaps not precisely stated, Klayman’s reference to “forensic analysis” of the image could have referenced lead investigator Mike Zullo’s announcement at a press conference on December 15, 2016 that investigators hired two outside forensic analysts, both well-credentialed and each working from a different discipline, who reached the same conclusion as to the birth certificate image as had Zullo.
In a little-reported development, during that press conference Zullo detailed how investigators came to believe that at least nine elements were taken from an original, paper birth certificate generated by the Hawaii Department of Health during the same month in which Obama claims to have been born and electronically placed on a computer-generated template to create the long-form image presented to the American public.
On many occasions, Zullo has said the image was assembled and made public “with the intent to deceive.” He has also questioned other elements of Obama’s life story, including when he spent time in Indonesia as a child and Obama’s claimed parents, Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama of Kenya.
In the past, Klayman represented former CIA and NSA contractor Dennis Montgomery, who Klayman said performed a forensic analysis of the long-form birth certificate and found it to be fraudulent.
During an initial presser on March 1, 2012, Zullo revealed that investigators not only found the long-form image to be a forgery, but also Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, which the Selective Service System mailed to an undetermined number of Americans requesting it through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
After Cooper persisted and asked, “Do you believe the president was born in the United States?” Corsi responded, “I said I want to see the official 1961 birth records from Kenya. That’ll settle it. I don’t know where he was born. I’m happy to see the 1961 records and admit I was wrong. The state of Hawaii will not show those records to anyone, including to law enforcement; I don’t know why.”
As Zullo discovered during the course of his investigation, Hawaii law allows a person born outside of the country to obtain a Hawaii birth certificate under certain circumstances. Hawaii became a state in 1959, and in the early 1960s, when Obama claims to have been born, a foreign-born baby or child could have been issued a Hawaii birth certificate based solely on the statement of one relative.
In June 2013, Zullo told radio host Rick Wiles, “We think there’s something on that certificate that necessitated the creation of this fraudulent document” after indicating that information “changed, concealed or erased” from a prior birth certificate.
In the case of adoption, the state seals the child’s original birth certificate, and the child’s new last name, adoptive parents and other updated information are placed on a subsequent birth certificate.
“Given your record on Obama’s birth certificate, on the Seth Rich matter, why should people believe you?” Cooper asked. “There ‘s nothing wrong with his record on the Obama birth certificate, Anderson,” Klayman interjected. “Don’t twist things,” under which Cooper said, “The birther movement has been discredited…”
In a 2014 column at WND, Klayman wrote that Obama has “Islamic heritage” and that the United States is his “adopted home.”
Obama raised eyebrows among some last summer when he said in public remarks during a visit to Kenya that he is “from” that country. Although objecting in her book to Donald Trump’s elevating of the issue of her husband’s constitutional eligibility, in 2008 Michelle Obama, too, described Kenya as her husband’s “home country.”
Some in the media have affirmed that statement, albeit perhaps jokingly. However, former Obama officials continue to reopen the issue without provocation, doubling down on the claim that those doubting Obama’s birthplace, and presumed eligibility, are “racists.”
Last August, Zullo told radio host Carl Gallups that two U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is “an open secret” that Obama was born outside of the United States and that it was therefore understood in Washington, DC circles that Obama did not meet the “natural born Citizen” requirement.
Updated 11:20 a.m.