WHAT DOES THE FORMER LEADERSHIP KNOW?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 4, 2019) — Late Tuesday evening, former FBI Director James Comey, who was said to have violated the FBI and DOJ policies in an Inspector General’s report released last week, tweeted that President Trump has “lied” about the agency Comey once led but that it remains “a revered institution made up of good people focused on finding truth and doing justice.“
In 2013, Comey was selected by then-White House occupant Barack Hussein Obama to succeed former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who in March completed a 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether or not anyone from the Trump campaign participated with Russians in that interference.
The report cleared the Trump campaign, and all Americans, for that matter, of the allegation of “colluding” with Russian-government figures to affect the outcome of the election.
The investigation had its origins in Comey’s FBI in 2016 or possibly before. Some public figures are now implicating Comey in a greater conspiracy to undermine Trump’s candidacy and later, his administration, with the launch of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the campaign while apparently enlisting the assistance of several overseas intelligence agencies.
Mueller was FBI director when an image purported to represent Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate was published on the White House website on April 27, 2011. The image was nearly immediately declared a forgery by several graphics experts, which eventually prompted a criminal investigation conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) under the authority of then-Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
In August 2011, Arpaio designated Mike Zullo, then chief investigator of Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” to conduct a preliminary examination of the image after 242 of Arpaio’s constituents signed a petition expressing their concern that their votes in the upcoming 2012 election would be disenfranchised if reports that the image was inauthentic proved to be accurate.
What began as a short-term probe to “clear the president,” in Arpaio’s words, became a 5+-year investigation which took Zullo and a sworn-compensated detective, Brian Mackiewicz, to Honolulu in an attempt to find the origins of the birth certificate image.
Obama claims a birth at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children on August 4, 1961, but questions and inconsistencies in his life narrative, including credible accounts that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia, have never been reconciled.
Zullo has described the cold reception he encountered at the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) by then-Hawaii Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine, who told him that Registrar Dr. Alvin Onaka would not speak with him.
Zullo gave three press conferences over the duration of the investigation on March 1, 2012; July 17, 2012; and December 15, 2016, with the FBI failing to launch an investigation despite Zullo’s revelation that two forensic experts, each approaching its analysis from a different perspective, agreed that the birth certificate image cannot possibly be genuine.
At the conclusion of the final presser, Arpaio said that all the evidence collected by his investigators would be turned over to federal authorities. Both Arpaio and Zullo subsequently said that their efforts to expose the truth to the American people would not cease with the conclusion of the investigation and Arpaio’s 2016 election loss.
In November of last year, Zullo said on a radio program that he was informed that highly-placed White House officials had received a “cursory briefing” on the evidence that the long-form birth certificate image is a forgery.
At the initial press conference, Zullo additionally reported that Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form was found to be fraudulent.
Following the second presser on July 17, 2012, this writer contacted an FBI media spokesman, who said that he personally watched the entire presentation. Regarding what action might be taken, the spokesman advised us that concerned Americans should “contact their congressman.”
Congress, too, has failed to investigate, although some members have begun to implicate Obama in the origins of the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative.
Ironically, it was Trump who early in 2011 publicly questioned Obama’s eligibility and placed pressure on the White House to release proof that Obama was born in the United States.
The debate continues as to whether or not a simple birth in the United States is enough to be considered a “natural born Citizen,” as Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires for the president and commander-in-chief of the military.
The Trump administration is presently considering whether or not to revoke automatic U.S. citizenship to children born in the United States to alien parents, which arguably could bring the “natural born Citizen” controversy into sharper focus.
Prior to the reinterpretation of the 14th Amendment wherein all persons born in the United States were considered “citizens,” U.S. Supreme Court decisions and statements in the Congressional Globe indicated that a person born in the country to U.S.-citizen parents was without “doubt” a “natural born Citizen.”
Obama claims a mother who was a U.S. citizen born in Kansas and a father who never obtained U.S. citizenship and was born and raised in Kenya, then a British colony.
Also last year, Zullo revealed that two U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is “an open secret” that Obama was not born in the United States and could not meet that criterion of Article II.
After Trump took office, a significant number of FBI and Justice Department high-ranking officials resigned or were fired. Comey was terminated on May 9, 2017, with his deputy, Andrew McCabe, facing the same fate in March of last year. According to the IG report released last Thursday, it was McCabe who referred Comey to the Inspector General for investigation once it was discovered that Comey not only had maintained FBI documentation in his home without authorization, but also released it in the form of four of his “Memos” to three attorneys he retained in the event that his firing prompted litigation.
Despite new leadership in the person of Christopher Wray, the FBI has not yet provided to the American people the “truth” behind the reported forgeries and why they were proffered as Obama’s official government documentation.
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.