The Pennsylvania Democrat who has sued Sen. Barack Obama demanding he prove his American citizenship – and therefore qualification to run for president – has confirmed he has a recording of a telephone call from the senator's paternal grandmother confirming his birth in Kenya.
The issue of Obama's birthplace, which he states is Honolulu in 1961, has been raised enough times that his campaign website has posted an image purporting to be of his "Certification of Live Birth" from Hawaii.
But Philip J. Berg, a former deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania, told the Michael Savage talk radio program tonight that the document is forged and that he has a tape recording he will soon release.
"This has been a real sham he's pulled off for the last 20 months," Berg told Savage. "I'll release it [the tape] in a day or two, affidavits from her talking to a certain person. I heard the tape. She was speaking [to someone] here in the United States."
He said the telephone call was from Obama's paternal grandmother affirming she "was in the delivery room in Kenya when he was born Aug. 4, 1961."
Berg said he's pursuing the issue because of "the most important document in the United States," the U.S. Constitution.
"Nothing is more important than enforcing the Constitution," he said.
"The Constitution's provisions are very small for qualifying for president. One, be over 35, and he is. Two, be in the country 14 years, and he has been. Three, be a natural-born citizen. He is not."
If Berg's claims are true, it could pose a major constitutional crisis in the event Sen. Barack Obama is elected president a week from next Tuesday. This new development may also help explain why Sen. Obama suddenly rushed back to Hawaii to visit his elderly maternal grandmother in Honolulu, who was released from the hospital for a hip injury more than a week ago.
Berg is seeking a summary judgment in his federal court action against Obama based on the fact that the defendants failed to answer his Request for Admissions within thirty (30) days pursuant to Rule 36 of the Federal Rules of Trial Procedure; however, the Defendants have filed a motion to dismiss Berg's case. Typically, discovery in federal cases does not begin until after the party's have held their first case management status conference, which has not occurred in Berg's case.
Obama's alleged birth in Kenya is only part of his problem. School records from Indonesia suggest Obama was adopted by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro, that his name was changed to "Barry Soetoro" and that he was an Indonesian citizen. Obama's campaign has acknowledged that he was a citizen of Kenya until he reached the age of 21 by virtue of his father's status as a Kenyan citizen at the time of his birth. If Obama's paternal grandmother's claims are true, it would suggest Obama has held citizenship in at least three countries.