The former Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Co. claimed on Twitter Friday that longtime Hillary Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal raised the issue of President Barack Obama's birthplace with him in 2008.
Asher is now the Washington editor for Injustice Watch, an investigative nonprofit organization.
Here is his post, which was first reported by Mediaite:
Republican Donald Trump declared Friday that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period" — and blamed the Clinton camp for raising the issue during the 2008 campaign.
Both Clinton herself and a top campaign official slammed Trump, with the Democratic nominee saying that her opponent will not be able to quiet the issue with a single statement.
"For five years, he has led the birther movement to de-legitimize our first black president," she told an event in Washington. "His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.
"There is no erasing it in history," she added. "Barack Obama was born in America, plain and simple, and Donald owes him and the American people an apology."
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