by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 3, 2022) — Toward the end of Tuesday’s edition of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1) told host Tucker Carlson that a “whistleblower” informed him that for at least a decade, the FBI has maintained a “working space” within the Washington, DC office of the international law firm Perkins Coie.
Not only did the FBI have its “working space” at the firm, Gaetz said, but the arrangement was also “operated” by then-Perkins Coie attorney Michael Sussmann, who earlier Tuesday was acquitted by a Washington, DC jury on one count of lying to the FBI.
Sussmann’s indictment accused him of lying about his motive for requesting a meeting in September 2016 with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker and specifically, whether or not Sussmann represented a client.
Prosecution exhibits released during the course of the trial allegedly show that Perkins Coie billed the Clinton campaign for the time involved in Sussmann’s meeting with Baker.
In its May 24 coverage of the trial, The New York Post reported that as it pertained to the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign stemming from Sussmann’s meeting with Baker and the now-infamous Steele “dossier,” Sussmann’s identity was placed on a “close hold,” meaning it was not revealed.
Perkins Coie has long represented Democrats in one of its specialty areas, “political law.” Former Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias, who last year launched his own “mission”-driven firm with several other Perkins Coie colleagues, served as counsel to Organizing for America (OFA), Barack Obama’s political organization. OFA later became a non-profit, “Organizing for Action,” but is now merged with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).
On October 29, 2017, The Federalist reported that “Former president Barack Obama’s official campaign organization has directed nearly a million dollars to the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Since April of 2016, Obama For America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show.”
Perkins Coie also represented the Obama White House in legal challenges to Obama’s constitutional eligibility, including resorting to “threatening sanctions against opposing counsel if he doesn’t withdraw his appeal.”
“The warning from Robert F. Bauer of the Washington firm Perkins Cole was delivered via letter to the plaintiff’s attorney, John D. Hemenway,” WND reported on April 9, 2009. “It is not the first such warning issued. Lawyers trying to kill a similar California lawsuit filed on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes also said they would seek sanctions against the plaintiff’s attorneys in that case unless they left the issue of the president’s eligibility alone.”
In August 2009, WND reported:
President Obama may be using his political action committee funds to stomp out eligibility lawsuits brought by Americans, as he has paid more than $1.35 million to his top lawyer since the election…
Federal Election Commission records for “Obama for America” show that the lobby organization has paid international law firm Perkins Coie exactly $1,352,378.95 since the 2008 election.
In 2016, Perkins Coie represented the “Hillary for America” presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with Elias hiring Fusion GPS to conduct “opposition research” against Hillary Clinton’s future general-election opponent, businessman Donald J. Trump. In turn, Fusion hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to collect evidence of any connections between Trump and Russia, with Steele later compiling the information into the now-discredited “dossier.”
From Sussmann’s claim to Baker that Trump Tower in New York maintained regular communications with the Russian Alfa Bank, the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probed every aspect of the Trump campaign coupled with circular news reporting alleging improper Trump-Russia connections shortly before the election. The reporting first ensnared former Trump associate, Carter Page, in allegations that he improperly met with a Russian government representative, prompting the FBI to monitor his movements and communications through a FISA warrant obtained by sleight-of-hand.
In May 2017, two months after Trump tweeted that the Obama regime had “wire tapped” his campaign, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein retained a special counsel in the person of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who would spend nearly two years and approximately $40 million probing former Trump campaign aides and current associates seeking evidence of “collusion,” and later, “obstruction of justice.”
In March 2019, Mueller’s team issued a report stating that no conclusive evidence was found demonstrating that Trump or any of his campaign aides had coordinated with Russia. As to the claim of “obstruction,” Mueller wrote, no conclusion was reached.
The report belied the insistence by such congressional Democrats as Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28), then ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and now its chairman, that such evidence existed and would be made manifest.
According to an April 10, 2020 press release from two U.S. senators, the FBI knew at an early stage that the Steele dossier’s claims of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia were unreliably sourced but nevertheless continued its investigation until Mueller assumed it upon his appointment.
Following the release of the Mueller report, then-U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr asked U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to launch an investigation into the origins of the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign given that there appeared to have been no credible intelligence justifying it.
In October 2020, Barr made Durham a special counsel, which insulated him to a degree from dismissal by a new administration.
In April 2011, Washington, DC-based Perkins Coie attorney Judith Corley, who then served as Barack Hussein Obama’s personal attorney, reportedly traveled to the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) to retrieve two certified copies of Obama’s purported original, “long-form” birth certificate after Obama made a formal request for it.
The White House sought the record after Trump, beginning earlier in 2011, very publicly challenged Obama’s eligibility to serve as president and commander-in-chief in light of credible news reports issued prior to Obama’s 2008 campaign which said he was born in Kenya or Indonesia and not the United States.
In December 2007, then-MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews made one of the most seemingly uninhibited claims that Obama was not born in the United States, although later he would ridicule anyone questioning Obama’s purported birth in Hawaii.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution 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.
Although the Founders did not define the term, it is argued, referencing their own writings of the time, they were concerned about foreign influence on the nation’s highest office-holder and sought to avoid it at all costs.
In a March 23, 2011 appearance on “The View,” where he received a warm welcome, Trump rhetorically asked of Obama, in response to a question from co-host Joy Behar, “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?…I wish he would, because I think it’s a terrible pall that’s hanging over him…The other thing: if you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me. Nobody from those early years remembers him…because if you’re going to be the president of the United States, it says very profoundly that you have to be born in this country.”
After much cross-talk and opposition from co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters, Trump vehemently declared, “I want him to show his birth certificate. There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”
In an impromptu press conference approximately four weeks later on April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a PDF image of Obama’s original birth certificate retrieved from the HDOH. Prior to its formal release, Bauer, then serving as White House counsel, in an off-record session with reporters vouched for the authenticity of the “birth certificate” but had nothing in his possession other than copies of the PDF image.
At the time, Mueller was FBI director.
Following the presser, the media seized upon the White House’s claim to have released proof of its occupant’s birth in the United States to convince the public that “birthers'” allegations, including Trump‘s, of Obama’s foreign birth were unsubstantiated.
In August 2011, a volunteer investigative group of the Maricopa County Sheriff Office (MCSO) received then-Sheriff Arpaio’s approval to launch a probe into the authenticity of the “long-form” birth certificate image as a result of 242 of Arpaio’s constituents having requested it, concerned that their votes in the 2012 presidential election would be disenfranchised if the image were proven fraudulent.
On March 1, 2012, the first of three formal press conferences reporting on the group’s progress was held, with lead investigator Mike Zullo revealing that probable cause existed to believe the PDF image to be a forgery, along with Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form.
Rather than investigate, the mainstream media scoffed at the assertions and instead turned their ire on Arpaio.
On July 17, 2012, the second press conference took place, revealing a higher level of detail as to how investigators reached their conclusions that Obama’s only publicly-proffered documentation consisted of forgeries which Arpaio contended posed a serious national-security issue which the FBI and Congress must investigate.
The following day, this publication contacted the Washington, DC office of the FBI to inquire if it were aware of the press conference and whether it intended to act upon the revelations made therein. As we previously reported, “the FBI showed no interest in the findings of forgery and fraud. On July 18, 2012, a day after a second presser on the matter was held which revealed more details and stated the hurdle of probable cause cleared, this writer spoke to an FBI media representative who told us that he personally viewed the entire press conference and advised anyone concerned that a crime had been committed to “contact your congressman.”
In a December 2, 2017 interview with “Freedom Friday,” nearly a year after the final “birth certificate” press conference on December 15, 2016, Zullo drew striking connections among “players” at Perkins Coie relative to the birth-certificate release as well as predicted that the Fusion GPS claims of Trump-Russia “collusion” would prove to be false.
In the video version of the interview, host Carl Gallups ran footage from the December 2016 presser, which was only scantily covered by the media. Just before a commercial break at 34:09, Gallups said to Zullo, “When we come back, I want you to draw this Perkins Coie connection a little bit deeper…and then we’ll reiterate what the breaking, exclusive information that you revealed today…” [sic]
At 34:38, Gallups launched the new segment with, “I want Mike to draw this Perkins Coie connection, because Mike and I…were dealing with this whole Perkins Coie connection for years, and now, of course, it’s coming out that they’re deeply connected to Mueller and to Comey and to Fusion GPS and the Clintons and the sale of uranium and to Russia, and these are the people that were handling the birth certificate…”
In response, Zullo said:
Perkins Coie goes back to what I said earlier: Robert Bauer was White House counsel. But prior to that, he was an attorney at Perkins Coie, and he was Obama’s personal attorney. When he moved over to White House counsel position, that was handed over to Judith Corley…who went and picked up the purported copies of the birth certificate from the Department of Health in Hawaii in an overnight trip. Now it’s imperative to understand: why did they use Judith Corley? Because it becomes a personal matter, and now those birth certificates are relieved of going through the normal government document archiving procedures that would happen if they were picked up by the White House. So they circumvent all that. So nobody knows what was ever picked up…
Bob Bauer, who is White House counsel, is married to Anita Dunn. Anita Dunn is Obama’s communications director when he first got into the White House; she’s also a Democrat strategist. So you’ve got Bauer, his former personal attorney, former attorney with Perkins Coie, now in the White House with his wife, doing their communication work together. You’ve got Corley, Perkins Coie, picking up the documents; you have Bob Bauer coordinating that press conference where he gives this long explanation of what it took to get a long-form birth certificate that we all know it’s nonsense, but he said it and it’s on record. So you have all that going together, and then what do you get? Not only do you have Perkins Coie now representing Obama in challenges to his birth certificate to the tune of over $1.3 million; now you have them implicated in the phony Fusion GPS, the phony document dossier, that may have been used to fester and launch this Russian collusion investigation that mark my words, that’s going to come back to be a scam, and you have all of these players all involved.
And 28, 2022 interview discussing the FBI in relation to the birth-certificate probe, Zullo told us, “…if our investigation was actually nonsense, the FBI would have jumped in immediately. The Secret Service would have jumped in. They didn’t jump in because they could not investigate it.”
In response to our question as to why the FBI “couldn’t” investigate his findings, Zullo responded, “Because they would have to come to the conclusions. We had a corrupt DOJ and a corrupt FBI and spineless Republicans.”
Zullo has said that during the course of his 5+-year investigation, two U.S. intelligence agents admitted to him that it is well-known in the nation’s capital that Obama was not born in the United States. “It has been an open secret in the intelligence community and DC that Obama could never satisfy the constitutional requirement of being born on American soil,” he told Gallups on August 17, 2018.
In his 2020 memoir, Arpaio dedicated a chapter to the birth-certificate investigation for which he hand-picked Zullo. “Imagine the ramifications and the irony of it all,” he wrote. “After all my hard work and dedication to enforcing illegal immigration laws, America could have possibly elected a naturalized citizen, born of a U.S. citizen, but constitutionally unqualified to serve as president, to two terms as commander-in-chief and, for too many, it’s just too much to bear. With all that is coming out now, in relation to the government’s intelligence coup d’état, the only hope that history gets this right in the near term is an unfettered President Donald J. Trump in a second term. If not, history may not tell the real story for 50 years—if ever.”