LTC Lakin and his attorney, Paul Rolf Jensen, were on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° for about 7 minutes tonight. I don’t believe any new ground was covered. Most of the questions that Mr. Cooper asked of LTC Lakin were answered by Mr. Jensen instead, leading to sparring between the host and the lawyer. LTC Lakin uttered only about nine sentences during the entire interview — and they were nine sentences we’ve heard him utter before. He said, “This is a constitutional matter. The truth matters.” In response to a question about how servicemembers prove their citizenship, he said this isn’t about all soldiers; it’s about the constitutional eligibility requirements for the President. He said, “I attempted all the avenues I could over a year ago. I submitted an Article 138 asking and begging my leadership how to address this issue.” And he said, “My oath of office is to the Constitution. We need truth on this matter.”
Also today, David Weigel’s “Right Now” blog at the Washington Post‘s web site reported here that” The American Patriot Foundation informs us that since Lakin started publicizing his case, the organization ‘has received generous donations from more than 1,200 separate individuals,’ which is sort of the point.”
During the Anderson Cooper interview, Mr. Jensen did seem to concede that Hawaii officials wouldn’t be testifying at the court-martial. If the defense recognizes that, one does wonder what the point of all this is.
Finally, can anyone identify for us the Army judge advocate who has been detailed as LTC Lakin’s defense counsel?