February 25, 2008 Factcheck.org publishesreport on John McCain's eligibility February 28, 2008 NYT publishes “McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries AboutWhether That Rules Him Out” February 28, 2008 Jonathon Turley publishes “Does John McCain Have an AlexanderHamilton Problem? A Constitutional Challenge May Loom OverMcCain’s Eligibility for President”
March 2008 Rumors start on the Internet that Senator Obama was born inKenya. The posts are few and far between.See Secret Origin of the Birthers March 14, 2008
Hollander v. McCain et al
filed in New Hampshire Federal DistrictCourt.Docket.Plaintiff Fred Hollander challenges Sen. McCain's eligibility toserve as President of the United States, due to his birth in thePanama Canal Zone.
This is the first McCain Birther lawsuit.
April 2, 2008 During a pause in aSenate Judiciary Committee hearing[page12] Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) tells Secretary of HomelandSecurity Michael Chertoff that he believes John McCain is anatural born citizen and eligible to serve as President and asks if that is Chertoff’s belief. Sec. Chertoff states “My assumption andmy understanding is that if you are born of American parents,you are naturally a natural-born American citizen.” This is the