It is widely written that Donald Trump claims to have a team of private investigators working for him in Hawaii, digging up dirt on Barack Obama, but did he say that? The Drudge Report says:
“When Donald Trump said he sent PIs to Hawaii to get to the bottom of all this, he meant this book [Jerome Corsi’s Where’s the Birth Certificate],” declares an insider.
This makes sense given the Trump / Farah connection. When you listen closely to the NBC interview with Meredith Vieira, where Trump initially mentions “people”, it becomes clear (at least to me) that he doesn’t necessarily employ investigators in Hawaii, even though he seems happy to leave that impression. Here’s the interchange:
…You are not allowed to be a President if you are not born in this country. He may not have been born in this country, and I tell you what: three weeks ago I thought he was born in this country — right now I have some real doubts.
[pause]I have people that actually have been studying it, and they cannot believe what they’re finding.
You have people now, down there, searching, I mean in Hawaii?
Absolutely. Absolutely, and they cannot believe what they’re finding.
“They cannot believe what they’re finding” sounds like a press release for Corsi’s book.
Update: The original transcript in this article was inaccurate. I made my own from the video to replace it.
When George Stephanopoulos asked point blank about his investigators, Trump responded testily: “That’s none of your business right now.”