BENGHAZI, Lby. – In a video released last weekend by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Islamic fighters are seen looting and ransacking the former U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the site of a deadly 2012 attack that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith dead. About midway through the nine minute video, a militant approaches the camera and holds up a document purported to be President Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate.
CIA Director John Brennan confirmed the certificate’s authenticity Thursday in a press statement released by the agency. President Obama has not publicly commented on the issue but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, spoke to reporters Thursday morning, saying, “Intelligence analysts have confirmed the document to be the President’s original birth certificate. At this point we are working to determine how and why the certificate is in Libya.”
President Obama called an emergency meeting with his National Security Council early this morning to discuss options for the retrieval of his birth certificate. A high-ranking official within the Obama Administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told this reporter that “military action is the most probable course, at this point.” The official added that special operations forces have already been deployed to the region and are awaiting the President’s orders.
Speaking from the steps of the Capitol building today, Speaker John Boehner told Fox News that he and other leading Republicans are working to launch a congressional investigation into the matter. “In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the events surrounding the birth certificate and its relation to the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.”
Prospective presidential candidate and business magnate Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts on the situation today, saying, “This is further proof Obama has no problem lying to the general public.” He added that he intends to use his influence in Washington to personally inspect the Hawaiian birth certificate upon its return to the States in order to settle any “unanswered questions” regarding the President’s citizenship and the truth about Benghazi.