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Congressional e-mail: Eligibility has 'obvious issues'

An e-mail from an unidentified member of U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren’s congressional office staff has suggested there are “obvious issues” with the documentation claiming that Barack Obama actually is eligible to occupy the Oval Office. But Lungren himself says he doesn’t question the legality of Obama’s election.

The exchange came to a head recently at a town hall-type meeting held by Lungren, when a woman confronted Lungren about allowing Obama to spend more money that the U.S. doesn’t have and will have to borrow.

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She also wondered when “are we going to address the 800-pound gorilla in the room that everything this man in the office does is illegal?”

When Lungren responded that while he disagrees with most of Obama’s policies, he doesn’t question his legitimacy, the woman cited an e-mail exchange she had had with the congressman’s office.

In that exchange, the unidentified staff member noted, “It is truly mind-boggling that the [Obama birth] certificate could have so many obvious issues. I really think that he is laughing at us. He has pre-empted all naysayers by declaring that there will always be conspiracy theorists, etc. Unfortunately, I think that this makes it politically impossible (for anyone who wants to be taken seriously) to challenge its authenticity. At least that seems to be the sentiment here on the Hill and I can’t say that I disagree.”

The town hall meeting exchange:

The video was highlighted at the the BirtherReport.com, where the woman, whose name was not included, said, “I attended a town hall from Rep. Dan Lungren (Republican) on August 24, 2011. Some background info … there were a ton of union lefty goons bused in to protest Lungren. The town hall was a disaster for Lungren and he was ready to leave and call it quits after the first couple of minutes. The Left was giving him hell for not taxing the rich enough … and the conservatives (me included) were mad about his recent debt bill vote to raise the debt limit on the Boehner plan.”

She told the website, “I was the last one called … the camera is always on Lungren so you can’t see who’s speaking … but I ask a question … I was getting boo’d by the Left Union thugs … and cheered by the conservatives, so I don’t know how much is clearly audible. I start out talking about the concerns I had for the debt bill but finished by basically asking why is no one addressing the 800-pound gorilla in the room which is Obama’s eligibility when every thing he does is blatantly illegal?”

The report said the woman had a copy of her e-mail exchange and was waving it at the congressman:

Lungren’s comments follow the pattern of many statements from members of Congress: That the eligibility isn’t being questioned or has been resolved. But most of the statements are made without evidence of the resolution.

WND previously reported how Jerry W. Mansfield, an information research specialist in the Knowledge Services Group of the Congressional Research Service, issued a memo to prepare members of Congress to rebut and defuse questions constituents were asking regarding Obama’s presidential eligibility under the natural-born citizen requirement of the Constitution.

WND has posted the CRS memo on Scribd.com for download.

Attached to the memo was an attack-piece published by FactCheck.org to dismiss claims that Obama’s short-form Certification of Live Birth, originally published during the 2008 presidential campaign by DailyKos.com, was a forgery.

Many of the statements from members of Congress also appear to make assumptions about Obama, such as the validity of the long-form birth certificate released by the White House, even though numerous experts have concluded that it is a fake.

When Obama released that image on April 27, after years of stating that the document was not available, the Hawaii Department of Health and governor’s office refused even to confirm for WND that the image released was an accurate representation of the state’s records.

And the questions about Obama’s status continue to grow. A recent poll showed fully half the nation wants Congress to investigate his eligibility.

Also instead of resolving the issue, the image that Obama released to the public on April 27 has raised new ones. For example, during an interview by NBC News’ national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, former Hawaii health department chief Chiyome Fukino, who has claimed to have examined the “original” documentation in the state archives, said the original document was “half typed and half handwritten.”

But the statement conflicts with the document that Obama released, which his staff members described as “proof positive” of a Hawaiian birth. Only the signatures and dates are “handwritten,” not half the document.

An extensive report from Mara Zebest, who has contributed as author or editor to dozens of books on computer software, concluded the image clearly is a fraud. She’s one among many experts in computers, imaging and documents that have called the document a fraud.

Among the statements from members of Congress:

There have been a few who have expressed concern over the situation: