WHAT IS CONSPIRACY, AND WHAT IS TRUTH?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 24, 2020) — Throughout his Thursday afternoon presentation in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, lead House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA28) contended that Trump intended to “cheat” in the 2020 election by attempting to convince Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open “investigations” into former Vice President Joseph Biden, his son Hunter, and “Crowdstrike,” the latter of which Schiff faulted Trump for pursuing as a “discredited conspiracy theory.”
During a July 25, 2019 phone call with Zelenskiy, Trump asked the new president to “do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it” (page 3 of White House transcript).
Trump then said to Zelenskiy, “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people…”
Following the 2014 Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by force, then-White House occupant Barack Obama appointed Biden to be the United States’ point person for Ukraine going forward. In a January 23, 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Biden boasted that he was responsible for seeing that then-Ukraine prosecutor general Viktor Shokin was fired.
On page 4, Trump is noted to have said to Zelenskiy, “The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”
The newly-released book, “Profiles in Corruption” by Peter Schweizer, a contributor to Breitbart News, reports that politicians, including Joe Biden, “are making sweetheart deals, generating side income, bending the law to their own benefits, using legislation to advance their own interests, and much more.” The book reportedly used more than 1,100 endnotes and “no unnamed sources,” Breitbart reported Wednesday.
Last spring, the elder Biden announced his 2020 presidential bid, and in many polls, he is still considered the “front-runner” in the Democratic field wishing to replace Trump next January. The Iowa caucuses, which are the first intra-party contests in the nation, will take place in early February, with the New Hampshire primary the following week.
House Democrats have accused Trump in two Articles of Impeachment of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” stemming from the phone call and the chamber’s “impeachment inquiry” in which the White House refused to provide documents and witnesses requested by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.
Schiff and other House Democrats testifying on Thursday labeled Trump “corrupt” and self-serving and therefore worthy of removal from office. His impeachment was accomplished on December 18, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi then delaying for 33 days the conveyance of the Articles to the Senate for trial.
In February 2007, a first-term, little-known U.S. Senator representing Illinois announced he would seek the presidency the following year from a windy, cold podium in Springfield, the home of Abraham Lincoln. “Barack Hussein Obama II” would go on to defeat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries as well as Republican John McCain in the general election.
His candidacy was not without controversy after researchers noted mainstream-news articles reporting his birth in Kenya or, alternatively, Indonesia, raising questions as to whether or not he qualified as a “natural born Citizen.” Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief meet that qualification, along with residing 14 years in the United States and a minimum age of 35.
While the Framers did not define the term, “natural born Citizen” is generally understood to mean, at a minimum, “born in the United States.” Some constitutional scholars believe a “natural born Citizen” must not only have been born in the United States, but also have been the child of parents whose allegiance to the country was established previous to the birth, either by their own births on U.S. soil or by naturalization.
Yet others differentiate between a “citizen by birth” and a “natural born Citizen.”
In addition to questions about his birthplace, Obama claims his biological father was Barack Hussein Obama of Kenya, a citizen of the East African nation when it was still a British colony. Obama II’s common life narrative contends that he was born at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961 to father Barack Hussein Obama and mother Stanley Ann Dunham, a U.S. citizen born in Kansas.
In response to a rising number of questions about his background, in June 2008 the Obama campaign posted what it said was the candidate’s “birth certificate” from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). When some observers criticized the “document” for its lack of a raised seal, Factcheck.org displayed what appeared to be a paper version of the document purported to bear the seal and a registrar’s signature stamp.
The image has appeared online in several different formats and color schemes without explanation.
Early in 2011, Trump was considering challenging Obama for the presidency in 2012. While he ultimately decided not to run, his strident calls for the White House to release Obama’s “long-form,” or more detailed, birth certificate to prove his eligibility produced the desired result in the form of an image uploaded to the White House server on the morning of April 27, 2011.
Analyses issued almost immediately by several software and graphics professionals indicating that the image appeared inauthentic prompted widespread concern among many Americans, although members of Congress proved unresponsive. In August that year, 242 constituents of then-Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio approached him to make the case that if the initial reports that the “long-form” image is fraudulent proved accurate, their votes would be disenfranchised in the 2012 presidential election.
Arpaio agreed to launch a probe through his volunteer “Cold Case Posse” so as to avoid a cost to taxpayers, believing Obama would be “cleared” in short order of any suspected malfeasance. However, the posse’s team of former legal and law-enforcement professionals concluded that the image was problematic, after which lead investigator Mike Zullo continued what became a 5+-year probe.
During an initial press conference on March 1, 2012, Zullo revealed that probable cause existed to believe the “long-form” image to be fraudulent, along with Obama’s Selective Service registration form.
Astoundingly, neither the FBI nor Congress found a compelling reason to launch an investigation into who or why government-document forgeries were presented on behalf of a sitting president to the public as authentic, aided and abetted by a complicit media.
In 2007, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had openly declared Obama foreign-born during the 2008 primary cycle only to later excoriate anyone questioning Obama’s claimed birth in Hawaii. Raising additional questions was the fact that Obama’s own literary agent described him as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Despite a public reference to Obama’s alleged history as an “immigrant” and what was later declared to be his missing original Hawaiian birth certificate, the Electoral College confirmed Obama’s “elections” in both 2008 and 2012. Any objections which could have been raised during the respective joint sessions of Congress in January 2009 and January 2013 during the counting of the electoral votes were not raised.
In late 2008, the Obama campaign’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told a different version of his early years than Obama himself professed, and in 2009 claimed that the “short-form” document was the only version available to anyone born in Hawaii.
Since the conclusion of the birth-certificate investigation in December 2016, lead investigator Mike Zullo has said that the probe found no evidence that Obama was ever in the State of Hawaii prior to the age of five. In addition, more than a year ago, Zullo revealed that two U.S. intelligence agents had informed him that an “open secret” in the nation’s capital is that Obama was born outside of the United States and could not meet the “natural born Citizen” qualifier for the presidency.
To the public’s knowledge, even as a criminal investigation proceeds into the origins of the false “Russia collusion” narrative launched against Donald Trump in 2016, no federal entity has investigated the origins of the fraudulent documents bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II.” Reportedly, however, toward the end of his first year in office, the birth-certificate “conspiracy” remained one of Trump’s concerns.
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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.