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Donald Trump Threatens To Sue Ted Cruz Over 'Natural Born Citizenship'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:48:32 Z)

Donald Trump has been suggestion for months that Democrats might sue Ted Cruz over his citizenship eligibility to be president, but now it's the Republican frontrunner who is talking about legal action against his closest rival.

Trump tweeted the threat of a lawsuit Friday after Cruz released an attack ad against Trump, suggestion the billionaire "had no heart" while building his real estate empire.

Also see: Ted Cruz Ad: Donald Trump 'Doesn't Have No Heart'

"If @tedcruz doesn't clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen," Trump tweeted.

Cruz was born in Canada and his parents -- including his American-born mother -- moved to Texas when he was four. Cruz claims that makes him a "natural born U.S. citizen," as required for a president under the U.S. Constitution. Trump and a number of noted constitution scholars have questioned that conclusion.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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