Issues statement distancing himself from suspicion about Obama birth-certificate fraud
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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump today issued a written statement to the leftist Jones magazine and other news outlets denying he told Jerome Corsi, author of a new bestselling book about Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility, he suspected the birth certificate released by the White House is fraudulent.
Trump also said he had not read Corsi's book, "Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President," despite having his staff sign a non-disclosure agreement to get the book three weeks before it was released May 17.
Trump does not deny calling Corsi this week but claims in his statement it was only to congratulate him on the sales of his book.
However, Corsi says Trump repeated a conversation he had weeks ago in a conference call with WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah in which the building magnate said he is concerned about the validity of the document released April 27 by the Obama White House. Farah confirms Trump questioned the authenticity of the birth certificate and said others around him do as well.
"I am proud of the fact that I was able to get President Obama to release his birth certificate," said Trump's statement to Mother Jones. "President Clinton couldn't do it, Senator McCain couldn't do it – no one else could do it! Frankly, many people were surprised that it took so long for this to happen. Is his birth certificate legitimate? I hope it is for the good of the country, but that's for experts to determine – not me. I have not read the book written by Jerry Corsi nor did we discuss whether or not the birth certificate was computer generated or in any way fabricated. I merely asked him how his book was doing and wished him good luck."
Farah wonders aloud why Trump would ask for a copy of a book he had no intention of reading – even going to the extent of having his organization sign a non-disclosure agreement to get an early electronic copy.
"If he wasn't going to read the book, why go to the trouble of requesting a PDF copy and having your representative sign an NDA for it?" asked Farah. "Was his intent all along to violate the NDA and give it to someone else? Was his intent other than what he represented to us – to go to school on the eligibility issue? Trump needs to explain himself to someone other than Mother Jones. That doesn't sound like good faith to me."
Farah and Corsi say Trump talked about a golf course designer he works with – someone Trump described as a "genius" on the computer – who shared with him his expert opinion that the birth certificate was a fraud. Trump said he was considering renewing his calls for Obama to establish his eligibility, but wanted more to go on.
"He kept urging us to hold press conferences – assuring us he'd be right behind us, holding our coats, so to speak" said Farah. "When I pushed him to join us, he quickly backed off – saying he couldn't jump back into the issue right now. I have strongly begun to suspect that Trump had other motives than seeking the truth about Obama. I think he was pumping Corsi for information for some other purpose than being on the right side of history."
Farah says these words from Trump stand out in Corsi's notes of their last conversation: "Call me before you do anything. I want to know before you do it."
"Trump was hungry for information," said Farah. "It's just a question of why. What was he doing with it?"
Listen to Corsi's account of the conversation with Trump:
During much of April Trump made regular appearances on and news broadcasts, and almost every time either he or the interviewer raised questions about Obama's eligibility. Meanwhile, he regularly was in conversation with Corsi and others who helped Corsi investigate the Obama eligibility dispute.
As a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll demonstrated, by raising questions about Obama's eligibility repeatedly, going as far as suggesting Obama's presidency might be illegal, Trump rose in popularity among GOP voters.
In that poll, 19 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they likely would support Trump for the 2012 GOP nomination.
His support rose from only 10 percent just a month earlier.