AND THE OBAMA BIRTH-CERTIFICATE INVESTIGATION FOUND WHAT…?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 4, 2019) — At approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday in the first hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on the “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump, witness and Stanford University Law School Professor of Public Interest Law Pamela S. Karlan responded to a question from Democrats’ counsel as to the Framers’ fear of foreign influence on the office of the presidency.
Karlan’s bio reads that she has taught at Stanford since 1998 and previously at the University of Virginia School of Law. Her stated areas of expertise are, among others, “constitutional law,” “Supreme Court,” “access to justice,” “inequality,” and “voting rights & election law,” a topic on which she testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2006.
Karlan has expressed her opposition to “voter I.D.” laws which she believes disenfranchise minority voters.
In a 176-page treatise co-authored in April 2009 with Goodwin Liu and Christopher H. Schroeder for the American Constitution Society, Karlan asserted that “The reason the United States Constitution is the world’s most enduring writ-ten constitution is not simply the genius of fifty-five men who met in Philadelphia in 1787. Rather, it is the way that generation after generation of Americans has made the Constitution ours. The Constitution endures because its meaning and application have been shaped by an ongoing process of interpretation. That process includes both judicial interpretation and transformations in constitutional understanding pressed by political leaders and ordinary citizens throughout our history. Our Constitution retains its vitality because it has proven adaptable to the changing conditions and evolving norms of our society. Its words and principles still resonate centuries after they were written because time and again, as Justice Holmes urged, we have interpreted the Constitution in light of “what this country has become.”2 Americans of all backgrounds can wholeheartedly take an oath to support and defend the Constitution when they are naturalized, join the armed forces, gain admission to the bar, or are sworn into elective office not because of how our founding text was understood in 1789, or even in 1870, but because of how we understand it today.”
In her response to Democrat counsel Norman Eisen, Karlan expressed her belief that Trump attempted to involve Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the 2020 U.S. presidential election during a July 25 phone call by during which he asked Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, who is currently a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and, as Karlan interpreted, a formidable 2020 opponent.
The transcript of the call shows Trump asking Zelenskiy for “a favor” in regard to opening or reopening an investigation into possible wrongdoing by Biden in 2016, who was then Obama’s vice president and liaison to Ukraine, and Biden’s son, Hunter, in connection with the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings.
In 2014, Burisma hired Hunter Biden to serve on its Board of Directors, a position he held until April of this year. In an interview with CBS News in October, Hunter admitted that he “probably” would “not” have acquired the position were his last name not “Biden.”
In January 2018, Biden admitted to pressuring then-Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko to fire the country’s chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, or risk losing $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. According to Biden’s statement at a forum at the Council on Foreign Relations that day, he gave Poroschenko the remaining time he would spend during a visit to Ukraine, “six hours,” to do so, after which Poroschenko complied, according to Biden and an affidavit of Shokin’s posted by investigative journalist John Solomon.
There were concerns about a potential “conflict of interest” in the younger Biden’s service on the Board while his father was serving as vice president, State Department official George Kent and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified to the House Intelligence Committee last month. Kent additionally said that the State Department was aware that Burisma was suspected of corrupt practices.
To Eisen’s question about the Framers’ intentions while drafting the Constitution, Karlan segued into what she said was the Framers’ desire to avoid “corruption” in U.S. elections (discussion begins at approximately 1:37:00). “They spent a lot of time trying to design an election system that wouldn’t be subject to that kind of corruption,” Karlan said. “And there are a number of different provisions in the Constitution that deal with the kinds of corruption they were worried about…One that seems today, I think, to most of us, to be really a kind of remnant of the past is if you become an American citizen, almost everything in this country is open to you. You can become chief justice of the United States; you can become Secretary of State, but the one office that’s not open to you, even though you’re a citizen just like all of the rest of us, is the presidency because of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause of the Constitution, and the reason they put that in is they were so worried about foreign influence over a president…”
Karlan’s reference was to Article II, Section 1, clause 5, which states:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
She then went on to mention the “Emoluments clause,” which has been invoked, albeit thus far unsuccessfully, against Trump in a number of civil lawsuits since he took office.
A 5+-year investigation authorized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) into the “long-form” birth certificate image presented to the American public in 2011 as representative of then-Oval Office occupant Barack Hussein Obama’s original birth record from Hawaii revealed beyond any reasonable doubt, through forensic analyses, that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.” Additionally, lead investigator Mike Zullo reported last year, was that it is “an open secret” in the nation’s capital that Obama was not born in the United States.
Later in her testimony, Karlan agreed that any president “wiretapping” a political opponent would be “an impeachable offense.”
It has increasingly been alleged that Obama likely knew that his CIA, FBI, Justice Department and State Department were participating in a scheme to undermine Trump’s 2016 campaign, with the CIA apparently conducting overseas surveillance on certain campaign aides and enlisting foreign governments’ intelligence capabilities to assist.
The full details of a criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham have not yet been made public, although it has been reported that Durham and Attorney General William Barr have traveled to Italy to speak with government officials there about their alleged participation in surveilling the 2016 Trump campaign.
During Wednesday afternoon’s session under questioning from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1), Karlan affirmed that in the past, she contributed to Obama’s presidential campaign as well as to that of Hillary Clinton and current Democrat presidential-nomination contender Elizabeth Warren.
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