AS WITH OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 28, 2019) — As was discussed on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” members of the “mainstream” media are now claiming that the “investigation of the investigators” who launched the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation during the 2016 election cycle is based on a “conspiracy theory.”
“In recent weeks, Barr has been globetrotting in an apparent effort to find proof of a conspiracy theory, pushed by Trump and some of his Republican allies, that the entire Russia inquiry started because of a plot by the Obama administration and/or Hillary Clinton to thwart Trump’s presidential campaign,” Vox reported on Saturday.
The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The New York Times published similar reports earlier this month, with The Post headlining an article, “Barr’s review of Russia investigation wins Trump’s favor. Those facing scrutiny suspect he’s chasing conspiracy theories.”
“President Trump and some of his allies have asserted without evidence that a cabal of American officials — the so-called deep state — embarked on a broad operation to thwart Mr. Trump’s campaign. The conspiracy theory remains unsubstantiated, and the Justice Department has not explained why Mr. Barr feels the allegations merit a review, though he would need to run down all leads if he is to conduct a thorough audit,” The Times reported on October 6.
Another “conspiracy theory,” NBC News reported on October 3, is the claim, suggesting by Trump at times, that Russia was not the party which penetrated the DNC’s servers in 2016 and provided thousands of damaging emails to WikiLeaks, which published them in the months before the 2016 presidential election.
The releases are believed by some to have caused Clinton to lose the election to Donald Trump, a political novice.
A 22-month investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of 19 prosecutors conducted between May 2017 and March 2019 reported that Russia interfered in the 2016 election by breaching the DNC servers but did not find evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russians, as the FBI had alleged.
On Thursday, The New York Times first reported that the administrative review undertaken by Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department into the origins of the “collusion” probe had shifted to a criminal investigation. With an arguably misleading headline, The Times wrote, “The move is likely to open the attorney general to accusations that he is trying to deliver a political victory for President Trump.”
On Friday top House Democrats charged that the Justice Department is now serving as Trump’s “political weapon” against his opponents.
Earlier last week, Fox News reported that the scope of Barr’s probe had broadened and that Barr and the U.S. attorney he designated to lead the operation, John Durham, had made at least one overseas trip to meet with members of the Italian intelligence community. Over the last year or more, a number of Republican congressmen have claimed that the intelligence agencies of Italy, Ukraine, the UK and Australia engaged in surveillance of unsuspecting members of the Trump campaign, a narrative stated constantly on the Twitter feed of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos as well as in sworn closed-door testimony last year to members of Congress.
Carlson’s guest Monday night, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), said that as a result of the DOJ’s probe into the Russia-narrative origins, individuals within the intelligence community who were untruthful about the existence of “evidence” that the Trump campaign was coordinating with the Kremlin will likely be prosecuted.
The nation is awaiting a major report by the DOJ’s inspector general on possible “FISA abuse” associated with four surveillance warrants obtained on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who was never charged with a crime. Republicans have said that the report will be “scathing” in nature and highly critical of the FBI for submitting unvetted “evidence” to the FISA court in order to obtain the warrants.
On Monday night’s “Hannity,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC11) told host Sean Hannity that “congressional transcripts” show that a researcher working for Fusion GPS, contracted by the DNC to produce negative information on Trump and Russia in 2016, obtained her material on Trump from individuals in the Ukraine. The researcher, Nellie Ohr, is the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was demoted twice between late 2017 and early 2018.
Both Ohrs met with Russia “dossier” purveyor, Christopher Steele, at least once prior to the 2016 election, according to their closed-door testimony. Fusion hired Steele to obtain the unflattering information, now known as the “dossier,” which has never been verified but was promoted to the U.S. State Department as well as the FISA court and leaked, in part, to the media by Steele in September 2016.
On October 20, Nunes claimed that the dossier’s origins are in Ukraine.
As word of the shift in the DOJ’s “collusion” review, House Democrats will proceed with a vote to “formalize” the “impeachment inquiry” they launched of Trump last month after an unnamed “whistleblower” wrote a five-page letter on August 12 claiming that Trump abused his power during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Trump has denied the claim, and Zelenskiy has stated on two occasions that he did not feel pressured to take any action as a result of the exchange.
The media’s reaction was similar after a criminal investigation into the “long-form” birth certificate image posted by the Obama White House on April 27, 2011 declared it a “computer-generated forgery” in early 2012. Subsequent press conferences on July 17, 2012 and December 15, 2016 held by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which authorized the probe, likewise received minimal, and in some cases, inaccurate coverage omitting crucial details of the findings presented by lead investigator Mike Zullo.
A new revelation at the final presser was that two outside forensic analysts working in different disciplines and on different continents agreed with Zullo’s determination that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
In early 2011, it was then-businessman Donald Trump who openly questioned Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve given multiple reports that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia and not Hawaii, as he has claimed for a number of years. Contradictory statements about Obama’s childhood have never been reconciled, and the media has failed to investigate its own inconsistent reporting or answer questions from members of the public.
Anyone raising questions about the multiple versions of Obama’s life narrative as well as the anomalies identified by knowledgeable professionals in the birth certificate image was quickly labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” “fringe theorist,” “birther,” and worse, a “racist” in what Zullo and others have described as “gaslighting.”
In December 2017, Newsweek proclaimed, “Some Republicans Still Think Obama Was Born in Kenya as Trump Resurrects Birther Conspiracy Theory.”
On October 9, Business Insider, in a lengthy article presenting alleged “conspiracy theories” in which Trump had engaged, reported:
While mulling a potential 2012 presidential bid, Trump became the most high-profile figure to promote the rumors suggesting that President Obama was not born in the US.
Trump claimed he’d deployed private investigators who “could not believe what they’re finding” about Obama’s place of birth.
He also repeatedly clashed with reporters who pushed him on the issue. During one contentious interview, he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he’d been “co-opted” by “Obama and his minions” when the anchor tried to push back on Trump’s claims.
When Obama eventually released his long-form birth certificate, Trump questioned the document’s authenticity.
Overseas media, too, have not missed the opportunity to suggest that Trump’s and others’ questioning of Obama’s eligibility is a “conspiracy” theory.
Ridicule has been a useful tool in the media’s arsenal to discredit those questioning the birth certificate’s authenticity, which likely impacts his eligibility to have occupied the Oval Office.
In May of last year, Zullo reported on a radio show that two U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is considered “an open secret” in Washington, DC that Obama was not born in the United States and cannot meet the “natural born Citizen” requirement of Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution for the presidency.
Although Zullo confirmed that information provided to him by a former government contractor showed CIA penetration of computer systems at the Hawaii governor’s office and the Hawaii Department of Health in early 2011 with routing to Jakarta, Indonesia and Washington, DC in January 2011, Media Matters reported that the finding was no more than “a new conspiracy theory.”
In August of last year, Zullo reported that very highly-placed White House personnel were presented with the evidence gleaned from the birth certificate investigation.
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.