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Trump offers $5 million for Obama college, passport records

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Donald Trump is offering to give $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college and passport records before the election.

“I have a deal for the president, a deal that I don’t believe he can refuse and I hope he doesn’t,” Trump said in a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday.

The real estate mogul made the announcement after promising an election bombshell all week. He said he’ll write a $5 million check to a charity of Obama’s choosing if he “opens up and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport applications and records.”

Trump says the records must be released by Oct. 31.

“If he releases these records, it will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans,” Trump said. “They’ll know something about their president. Their president will become transparent like other presidents.”

The offer comes after days of teasing an announcement. On Monday, Trump appeared on Fox News and declared: “I have something very, very big concerning the President of the United States.”

Trump offered few details, however. “Everybody is asking about my announcement this Wednesday concerning Barack Obama—just wait and see!” the eccentric reality show host wrote Monday on Twitter.

Several rumors began circulating about what the announcement could be. One involved the allegation that the president sold cocaine while in college. Another was that Trump planned to reveal divorce papers that were prepared and then discarded two decades ago between President Obama and his wife Michelle.

Trump, who has questioned whether Obama is truthful about where he was born and how he got into college, has had success in getting Obama to release records before. “I’m very honored to have gotten him to release his long form birth certificate, or whatever it may be,” Trump bragged in the Wednesday video.

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