Fmr. McClatchy Journalist: We Sent Reporter to Kenya After Speaking to Clinton Ally Blumenthal

barack obamaThe former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief who revealed today there was a Clintonworld link to birtherism went into more detail in speaking to his former publication.

James Asher said that longtime Hillary Clinton personally told him to look into where President Obama was born back in 2008. Blumenthal and one unpaid volunteer are so far the only ones in Clinton’s sphere who have been alleged so far to have engaged in any birther talk during that election.

Well, Asher told McClatchy that not only did Blumenthal request they look into it, but they actually looked into it:

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blumenthal responded by telling McClatchy, “This is false. Period.”

The Donald Trump campaign has argued Clinton’s camp “started” the birther movement and Trump “finished” it.

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