The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, is the research arm of the United States Congress. CRS legislative attorney Jack Maskell wrote a previously unpublished report in March of 2010, titled Birth Certificates of Presidential Candidates and Standing to Challenge Eligibility. Maskell’s previous report, Qualifications for Office of President of the United States and Legal Challenges to the Eligibility of a Candidate, was featured on this blog last year.
Clearly members of Congress were getting letters from constituents. Once again we see good research and sound conclusions from a qualified attorney such as:
Since the officially certified document [Obama’s 2008 Certification of Live Birth] is prima facie evidence of United States birth and citizenship, and there appears to be no actual documentary evidence of any nature to the contrary, such certificate would most likely deemed conclusive of “natural born” citizenship by a state official or court if any such review were commenced or required.
I was interested to learn that Congress has in the past refused to count Electoral College votes for an ineligible presidential candidate. We also learn what had been conjectured before, that no state requires a birth certificate from a presidential candidate.
Get the popcorn and enjoy: