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Donald Trump Steps Up Calls for Obama to Release Birth Certificate

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As multimillionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump mulls a presidential bid, he has turned up the volume on his calls for President Obama to release his own birth certificate. Trump has become so dead set on this issue that on Monday he released a copy of his own birth certificate to Newsmax, a conservative website. It shows that Donald John Trump was born at Jamaica Hospital in New York June 14, 1946, at 10:54 a.m.

"This guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn't," Trump said in an interview on Fox News Monday. "I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it's turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying please don't give up on this issue."

Trump didn't stop there. In the interview he also called for an investigation into Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is close to the Obama family and led an unsuccessful effort to make public a copy of the president's birth certificate.

"I think this guy should be investigated," Trump said. "He remembers when Obama was born? Give me a break -- he's just trying to do something for his party."

Abercrombie's efforts were stymied by a Hawaii privacy law that forbids the release of such records without Obama's consent.

The Obama campaign released a "certification of live birth," which is a shorter document that carries the same legal weight as the long one, in 2008.

Trump has brought up the issue again and again. In a recent interview with ABC's The View, he said that Obama has "a terrible pall that's hanging over with him" because of his refusal to release the document.

In 2008, the Obama campaign circulated a "certificate of live birth" showing that the president was born in Hawaii in 1961, but the "birthers" are not convinced. Many continue to believe that Obama, who had an American mother and Kenyan father, was born outside the United States.

In an interview Monday with ABC News, Michael Cohen said what concerns Trump is transparency.

"He made a statement only because it's an issue that has been around now for over four years, and one would think that the president of this great country would pull out his long-form birth certificate, put the entire issue to rest," Cohen said. "But this president who ran on a platform of transparency has decided not to do that."

Cohen, who has been handling some political matters for Trump, including reaching out to Republican leaders and activists in such early nominating states as Iowa, also took issue with comments made by View host Whoopi Goldberg, who suggested that Trump's insistence that Obama release his birth certificate may be racially motivated.

"It's not 'cause he's black, is it?" Goldberg asked Trump last week, "Because I've never heard any white president asked to show the birth certificate." (In his Fox and Friends interview Monday morning Trump said, "I like Whoopi" but called the racism suggestion "insulting.")

Cohen predicted that Trump would continue to bring up the birth certificate issue as he makes up his mind about running for president.

"Mr. Trump always holds people accountable -- that's what he does," Cohen told ABC News, "whether it's a real life business transaction or on The Apprentice."

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Hawaii Legislators Propose Fee for Obama Birth Records

Photo Courtesy - Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images(HONOLULU, Hawaii) -- Five Hawaiian Democratic state legislators have introduced a bill that would allow anyone seeking an original, certified copy of Barack Obama's birth record to obtain one -- for $110.

The measure, introduced in the state legislature last week, would change a state law that currently limits the release of vital documents to persons with a "direct and tangible interest," such as family members.

"I'm hoping that it will also reduce the number of calls that we get and calm the birthers down," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Rida Cabanilla, in an interview.  "It may to a certain extent reduce the conspiracy theories, but at least the fee might reduce the number of frivolous calls asking for explanations about why a copy cannot be released."

The Obama campaign released an electronic copy of his "certification of live birth" in 2008.  But it didn't quiet skeptics who insist, without evidence, that Obama was born in Kenya.  They have flooded phone lines at Hawaii's health department with hundreds of requests for access to original documents.

The certified copy lists the date, hour and location of Obama's birth, as well as the names and races of his parents.  It includes an embossed seal of authenticity from the Department of Health, according to images posted online.

Cabanilla's bill would allow anyone to receive a physical copy of that certification for a fee.

Hawaii's Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, has said ending conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's birthplace is a priority.  He has conducted his own investigation and recently attested that the original, hand-notated record of Obama's birth exists in state archives.

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Hawaii Gov. Says Proof of Obama's Birth Certificate Exists

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Officials in Hawaii say they have located President Obama's birth certificate indicating that he was born in the state, but have yet to produce the document at the heart of a long-simmering conspiracy theory.

"Our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives written down," Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie told Honolulu's Star-Advertiser.

"What I can do, and all I have ever said, is that I am going to see to it as governor that I can verify to anyone who is honest about it that this is the case," he told the paper.

Abercrombie said the controversy over publicly producing the document "has a political implication for 2012 that we simply cannot have."

It remains unclear if the document found in the archives was Obama's actual long-form birth certificate, which "birther" activists have clamored for, or if it was simply a record that such a document exists.

Since the 2008 election, conspiracy theorists and political opponents have suggested the president was not actually born in Hawaii and is therefore not a U.S. citizen eligible for the office.

The newly elected Democrat governor, and a college friend of Obama's parents, vowed soon after taking office in December that he would track down the birth certificate and lay the rumors to rest.

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