“NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN…”
by Sharon Rondeau
He has “violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said repeatedly about Trump, claiming that “undisputed” facts demonstrate that the president betrayed “national security” and his oath of office by “inviting foreign interference in our elections” during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and on Tuesday afternoon sent a six-page letter to Pelosi accusing Democrats of “violating your oaths of office,” “breaking your allegiance to the Constitution,” and “declaring open war on American Democracy” by pursuing his impeachment.
Pelosi finished her speech at 12:17 to enthusiastic applause but did not preside over the hearing. Instead, Rep. Diana DeGette (CO1) chaired from the dais as she had during the morning session of the Rules Committee.
Pelosi has referred to Trump as an “imposter” but not addressed questions about Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility under the Constitution. Although citing Trump for “violating the Constitution” since she announced an “impeachment inquiry” on September 24, in 2008, as DNC Chairwoman, Pelosi certified Obama as eligible for the presidency under Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution when the State of Hawaii’s Democrat Party refused to do so.
The pertinent clause reads:
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.
A Hawaii election worker, Tim Adams, in 2010 claimed it was common knowledge that an original birth record for Obama was nowhere to be found within the state’s archives. In January 2011, then-Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he would locate the document within the Hawaii Department of Health’s records but shortly thereafter declared his inability to procure it because of “privacy laws.”
Since 2007, when Obama catapulted to the national political scene, evidence that he was not born in the United States has been consistently ignored by the mainstream media despite some of its own reportage from not long before.
In 2008, former DNC Co-Chairman and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson described Obama as “an immigrant” in a campaign interview conducted in Spanish.
In 2008 NPR reported Obama as “Kenyan-born,” but in July 2009 it published a story titled, “Why Do Doubts About Obama’s Birthplace Persist?” denouncing “fringe conspiracists who claimed he wasn’t born in the United States.”
As late as April 2007, Obama’s former biographer reported him as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
In December 2007, MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews said Obama was “born in Indonesia” and possessed an “Islamic background.”
In 2010, certain members of the Kenyan Parliament identified Obama as born in their nation.
All members of Congress either ignored or brushed off calls from their constituents to investigate whether or not Obama met the definition of “natural born Citizen.”
Obama’s reported overseas birth was not the only question surrounding his eligibility; his claimed father, who was never an American citizen, prompted many constitutional scholars to opine that that alone was enough to disqualify him.
The courts either declined to hear civil cases alleging Obama was ineligible to serve or dismissed them by relying on an image uploaded to the White House server on April 27, 2011 purported to be a scan of a certified copy of his original Hawaii “long-form” birth certificate.
Almost immediately, a number of analysts declared the image fraudulent and called for additional investigation.
In August 2011, then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio delegated an initial probe to his “Cold Case Posse,” a volunteer committee of the sheriff’s office whose members consisted of retired attorneys, law enforcement officers and other experts.
In short order, Cold Case Posse leader and former detective Mike Zullo informed Arpaio that the group could not declare the image to be genuine. A 5+-year criminal investigation ensued, during which Zullo declared the image a “computer-generated forgery.” Also found to be fraudulent was Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, paper copies of which had been mailed to a number of Americans requesting it through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
On the morning the long-form image was released to the public, then-White House Counsel Robert Bauer told reporters in an off-the-record presser that no original document would be displayed at an upcoming public presser Obama would give on the issue.
Indeed, when Obama addressed the American people, he neither held up nor pointed to the “document” purported to represent his birth in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961.
Bauer is a co-f9under of Perkins Coie, a mega-law firm involved in promoting the theory that the 2016 Trump campaign had established “cyber” connections with Russia which a 22-month Special Counsel investigation found unsubstantiated. Perkins was also the intermediary which paid for the procuring of the “Steele dossier” containing unproven claims that Trump and Russia were collaborating to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.
It was Donald Trump who first publicly called for the Obama White House to release a “long-form,” or more detailed, birth certificate presumably to prove that he had been born in the United States.
The New York Times and other mainstream outlets ridiculed Trump for his demands and interviews on the subject in early 2011, criticism which Trump ignored. On the morning the image was released, Trump said he would “look into” whether or not it was genuine and that he “hoped it checks out beautifully.”
Bauer, a strident Trump opponent, has termed him “racist” for questioning Obama’s origins.
On a radio show last year, Zullo said that two seasoned U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is “an open secret” in Washington, DC that Obama was not born in the United States.
According to Zullo in November 2018, highly-placed White House officials received a “cursory briefing” on the evidence he and Arpaio gathered over their lengthy investigation.
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