Tim Jones is an unapologetic birther who believes President Obama is an illegal immigrant from Kenya or Indonesia. He was a lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed by Orly Taitz and celebrated the discredited 2012 investigation overseen by disgraced Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleging that Obama's birth certificate is "definitely fraudulent."
And now he's Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Kansas City Star: Jones “signed on as a party to the original ‘birther’ lawsuit brought against President Barack Obama by Orly Taitz.”
Rep. Tim Jones worked with Orly Taitz in 2009 to file a federal lawsuit alleging that Obama is an illegal immigrant from Kenya or Indonesia. Other plaintiffs from Missouri included Rep. Casey Guernsey and former Rep. Cynthia Davis. Filings submitted to the court by Taitz on behalf of Rep. Jones and other plaintiffs included forged birth certificates purporting to be official Kenyan documents. The case was dismissed, with the judge in the case calling allegations presented by plaintiffs “baffling.”
[Captain Pamela Barnett, et al v. Barack Hussein Obama, et al, Central District of California, Case #: 8:09-cv-00082-DOC-AN; CBS News, 10/29, 09; Talking Points Memo, 11/10/10; Kansas City Star, 8/23/12]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “That Mr. Jones is a former supporter of the birther lawsuits filed by Orly Taitz against President Barack Obama says about all you need to know about his level of seriousness.”
Jones’ birther beliefs have continued through at least July 17, 2012. Jones personally added the words “Uh-oh. Here comes the Truth!!” to a Twitter message, and a link sending followers to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s discredited statement that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is “definitely fraudulent.”
Attorney Orly Taitz on Jones’ election to Speaker’s role in August 2012: "I can’t be happier! My client in eligibility case...is now the Speaker of MO House of Representatives!”
Taitz’s full post: “"I can’t be happier! My client in eligibility case Barnett, Keyes et al v Obama, Timothy Jones, Esq is now the Speaker of MO House of Representatives! Good going and Gods speed to Speaker Timothy Jones, Esq." [OrlyTaitzEsq.com, 8/13/12]
Jones has consistently refused to detail his role in the Taitz-led lawsuit, express any regret for participating or explain why he persists in propagating discredited conspiracy theories. Jones has refused to comment on the lawsuit to numerous outlets, including NPR affiliate KBIA, PoliticMO, Talking Points Memo, and others.
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