Trump mum on Hawaii investigation details

An aide described as Donald Trump’s “Karl Rove” declined to discuss details of the real estate mogul’s ongoing investigation in Hawaii into President Obama, saying it would be “completely counterproductive” to tip Trump’s hand, allowing Obama to then shield himself from the investigation.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s aide, did not provide any other details about the investigation besides that “people,” plural, are in Hawaii.

Trump has made questioning Obama’s birthplace a signature issue of his campaign despite ample evidence the president was born in Hawaii in 1961.

The move is part of a political strategy to appeal to Republican primary voters as Trump contemplates running for president. According to some polls, roughly half of the GOP primary electorate questions whether Obama was born in Hawaii.

The strategy appears to be working: Trump is gaining major traction and is tied for first in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday.

In 2008, Obama released a “certification of live birth,” a document produced by the Hawaii government in 2007 certifying the state holds records indicating Obama was born there. Contemporaneous announcements in two Honolulu newspapers in 1961 confirm Obama’s birth there.

As Trump points out, Obama has never released his original, “long form” birth certificate produced in 1961. Trump has blasted Obama for not releasing his birth certificate despite vowing the “most transparent” administration in history.

Cohen said revealing details about Trump’s Hawaii investigation could jeopardize it, because it would allow Obama and his lawyers to take moves to thwart it.

The aide at one point cited a report by author Jerome Corsi to buttress a factual point about the circumstances of Obama’s birth.

Corsi has made a crusade of investigating Obama’s birthplace at World Net Daily and in a forthcoming book. But his previous work is controversial. For instance, Corsi has flirted with conspiracy theories that say radical Islamist terrorists did not perpetrate the 9/11 attack.

Although Cohen would not say anything about his investigation in Hawaii, Trump has said on television his investigators “cannot believe what they’re finding.”

In the Atlantic, Joshua Green interviewed an anonymous person who has searched public records in Hawaii for documents relating to Obama’s birth, likely on behalf of one of Obama’s political opponents.

The person described how to find two newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth and records showing the address given for infant Obama was the house of his mother’s parents. Obama’s father was living at another address at the time, the records show.

  • eingriff

    All of my replies are “awaiting moderation”. Some are a couple of days old.


    Am I getting too close to the truth?

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  • waiting

    Two different documents with Nancy Pelosi’s signature on it before the 2008 elections. One document includes a verification that Obama and Joe Biden, then-candidate for vice president, “are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.” and the other document leaving out that legally binding language.
    Read more: Eye-popper: Is Nancy Pelosi in on eligibility cover-up? http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=109363#ixzz1Jc26x8Vc

    • oc in nc

      When you look at both the documents the 2nd one is stamped as received,the first one is not.A deed register stamped it so it supersedes the first document. Because it does not state Obama is legally qualified under the provisions of the United State Constitution, the register probably refused to file it without the documents presented at the same time to verify Obama as legit,i.e. the birth certificate.Some one was covering their ass.Pelosi knew this might come to bite her.

  • caliray

    Why isn’t this discussion focused on whether or not Obama is a “natural born” U.S. citizen instead of the tenuous argument that he wasn’t born in Hawaii?

    All the evidence supports the conclusion that Obama is NOT a natural citizen of the U.S. as defined by the U.S. Constitution.

    It seems everyone able to effect a resolution is deliberately ignoring the natural born requirement.

    Is this an indication there is really no serious effort to resolve this debate?

  • waiting

    I was concerned when I saw that there were two different documents with different wording nominating Mr. Obama in the 2008 primaries. The documents were signed by Nancy Pelosi. It appeared that the wording was meant to deceive. Sorry so vague, but it did raise flags in my mind

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  • libertyatstake

    My pet theory – for what it’s worth – is this: the birthplace *is* Hawaii, *but* the long form certificate shows Frank Marshall Davis as the birth father. (There’s no telling what a new mother will be unnecessarily honest about while in hospital). Therefore, Trump’s quarry is not disqualifying, but just embarrassing enough to cause an ambituous messianic politician to take ridiculous measures to keep it hidden. Only time will tell for sure.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    • des1

      He had a Muslim father, so isn’t it possible his religion was listed as Muslim? There’s nothing wrong with that, but in the current climate it could have been something he’d have to fight through to get nominated, then to win the general.

      • The_anniebanannie

        I think it’s all going to boil down to the fact that somewhere, somebody showed some kind of document that said he qualified for international student status when he applied for college. Either he’s lying about where he was born,,,or he lied when he applied for college. I’m guessing it’s the later and that’s why all college records are sealed and they are steering the “gossip” toward Hawaii — where officials there will surely protect him or give up their status as the state where the first black president was born.

        • The_anniebanannie

          later…some would use an extra t in _here, but I used up my allo_men_ already.