Trump in February 2015: ‘I Donâ€™t Know Where He Was Born. I Would Like to See His College Records, I Think Thatâ€™s Important.’
Donald Trump’s campaign late Thursday night released a statement saying the GOP nominee not only “believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” but that Trump is the one who deserves credit for “bringing closure to the issue.”
Just for the record, Trump is one of the main advocates for birtherism, the racist lie that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen and was not born in America. Behind it? The deeply-rooted desire to “prove” Obama isn’t “one of us,” he’s an “other,” and illegitimate.Â
If the Trump campaign statement were not stunning enough, it continued with this:
“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate.”
So Trump is trying to re-write his own ugly, nasty, racist birther history.
One campaign spokesman Thursday night said Trump was unaware how deeply the African American community was hurt by Trump’s birther statements. So he’s doing this to try to win more African American votesÂ â€“ or stir up more racist agitation.
Already, pundits like Bill Kristol and Don Lemon have said Trump will get credit, or deserves credit, for putting the birther issue behind him.
Hopefully they’re wrong.
Because Trump’s campaign statement is an outright fabrication. A lie.
Trump not only did not bring the birther issue to a conclusion in 2011, as recently as last year he continued to make public statements saying he doesn’t know where Barack Obama was born.Â
Here’s a collection of comments, including a wide variety of tweets, all from Donald Trump, all proving he either was lying when he claimed President Obama’s place of birth was unknown, or he’s lying now claiming he believesÂ Obama was born in America.Â
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama‘s birth certificate is a fraud.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Why do the Republicans keep apologizing on the so called “birther” issue? No more apologies–take the offensive!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2012
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
â€œIf you like your healthcare plan you can keep it.â€ = â€œI was born in Hawaii.â€
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2013
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obamaâ€™s â€œbirth certificateâ€ died in plane crash today. All others lived
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check “place of birth”
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014
“Hey look,” Trump told Sean Hannity at CPAC, President Obama “wrote a book when he was a young man and it said â€˜born in Kenya,â€™ blah blah blah. I donâ€™t know where he was born. I would like to see his college records, I think thatâ€™s important.
“As far as the birth certificate, Hillary Clinton wanted his birth certificate. Hillary is a birther. She wanted it but she wasnâ€™t able to get it. John McCain fought really hard and really viciously to get his birth certificate. John McCain failed. Couldnâ€™t get it. Trump comes along â€“ and Iâ€™m not a sitting senator, Iâ€™m not a sitting anything else, Iâ€™m a good businessman â€“ but Trump comes along and I said, â€˜Birth certificate.â€™ He gave a birth certificate.
“Whether or not that was a real certificate, because a lot of people question it, I certainly question itâ€”but Hillary Clinton wanted it, McCain wanted it, and I wanted it. He didnâ€™t do it for them, he did it for me. So in one sense Iâ€™m proud of it. Now all we have to do is find out whether or not itâ€™s real.”
There is more, this is just a quick first look.
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Trump Could Face 20 Years Behind Bars for ‘Serious Felonies’ at Mar-a-Lago: Legal Analyst
A legal analyst for ABC News pointed out that former President Donald Trump is potentially facing 20 years in prison for “serious felonies” after the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.
Dan Abrams told ABC host Jonathan Karl that the Department of Justice could indict Trump for multiple crimes after finding classified documents during the search.
“They’re very serious,” Abrams said of the charges. “And the one that’s being talked about most is this espionage act because it has the word espionage in it. But the truth is that when it comes to potential criminal sentences, the obstruction of justice statute is the one with the most potential prison time.”
“There you’re talking about up to 20 years behind bars,” he added. “So these are not sort of minor crimes we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the potential for serious felonies with regard to all three of the crimes being investigated.”
But Abrams threw cold water on the idea that a Trump prosecution would be easy.
“The fundamental question is going to be intentionality,” he opined. “How much do they believe that they did this on purpose? Were they intentionally ignoring subpoenas? Were they literally destroying documents?”
Watch the video below from ABC.
.@danabrams breaks down what unsealed search warrant papers for former Pres. Trump’s estate suggest about federal investigation.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 14, 2022
New Analysis Breaks Down GOP’s Flawed Response to the Mar-a-Lago Search
Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”
“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”
Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to “defund the FBI” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”
Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook
Trump Makes False Claims About Classified Documents – And Obama
Donald Trump is responding to news reports he is under FBI investigation for actions covered by the Espionage Act by making apparently false claims about his mishandling of classified documents and about former President Barack Obama.
“Number one, it was all declassified,” Trump says in a post on his Truth Social site, a claim legal experts say is incorrect. For any president to declassify documents, experts say, there is a process that involves actions being taken on each individual document. They also say the president does not have legal authority to declassify documents related to nuclear weapons.
“Number two,” Trump continues, “they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”
Again, according to reports, that too is false. DOJ issued a subpoena after the National Archives tried to get all the documents back and Trump still did not comply.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago,” he continues in a separate post on Truth Social. “ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”
Again, multiple reports say they did, numerous times.
None of his responses explain why he had at Mar-a-Lago what we now know were at least 35 cartons – 20 retrieved on Monday and 15 earlier this year – of items including confidential, classified, and top secret documents that were required by law to have been handed over to the National Archives.
“The bigger problem is,” Trump says, “what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
That is also false.
The National Archives on Friday issued a statement after Trump repeatedly spread the false claim that former President Barack Obama had 33 million documents in his possession.
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!” was one of Trump’s false attacks on his Truth Social site.
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in a statement posted to its website Friday.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the Archives added. “Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”
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