Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and constitutional law attorney Thomas H. Dupree appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to answer whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is eligible to be president of the United States.
Controversy surrounding Sen. Cruz’s eligibility arose when business mogul Donald Trump questioned Sen. Cruz’s status as a natural born citizen.
When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether Sen. Cruz is a natural born citizen, Trump responded, “I don’t know, to be honest.”
Constitutional law attorney Thomas Dupree, however, says, “[T]here is no question whatsoever that Ted Cruz is constitutionally eligible to serve as president of the United States.”
Below is a transcript of what former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and constitutional law attorney Thomas Dupree had to say on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show:
Thomas Dupree: “Absolutely. Sean, there’s no question whatsoever that Ted Cruz is constitutionally eligible to serve as president of the United States.
“Frankly, it’s not even a close question. There is abundant evidence of exactly what our founders meant when they used the term ‘natural born citizen,’ and they put it in the Constitution.
“It means someone who is a United States citizen at birth, regardless of where they’re born geographically.
“If they’re a United States citizen at birth – that is to say, if they have a United States citizen parent – they are a United States citizen. They’re constitutionally eligible to serve. That’s the beginning and the end of this debate.
Geraldo Rivera: “Why did they exclude the phrase ‘natural born’ when they amended the act, Counsel, five years later?”
Thomas Dupree: “I don’t look at what happened years down the road.”
Geraldo Rivera: “I will in my lawsuit.”
Thomas Dupree: “I look at what the founders meant.”
Geraldo Rivera: I will in my lawsuit, representing Donald Trump."
Thomas Dupree: “They can’t override the Constitution. They can't override the Constitution. And so if you look at what a subsequent Congress said or what a Harvard law school professor said in the 1970s, that doesn't supersede what the founders put in the Constitution. And the meaning of ‘natural born citizen,’ abundantly clear.”