Thursday, August 22, 2013

Did Senator Ted Cruz commit a felony by concealing his dual citizenship?

Did Senator Ted Cruz commit a felony by lying to the Federal government on a job application form? Questions have been raised. 

Senator Ted Cruz has admitted that he holds dual US/Canadian citizenship and even has gone so far as to say that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship.  In a recent post, Talking Points Memo has raised a serious question about how Senator Cruz may have responded to questions about his citizenship in the early 2000s when applying for jobs with the Federal government and whether he may have committed a felony by concealing his dual US/Canadian citizenship at that time.  Here are the facts as reported by TPM.

Between January 2001 and January 2003, Senator Ted Cruz held two positions in the Federal Government—Associate Deputy Attorney General (January 2001 to June 2001) and Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission (July 2001 to January 2003).  In applying for those positions, Senator Cruz would have had to complete Federal application forms that would have asked him about his citizenship.  One such form is SF85, “Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions,” which is the lowest level of background check.  Item 7D: Citizenship on form SF85 asks if the applicant holds dual citizenship with another country.

The instructions on the form state the penalties for providing false information as follows:  The U.S. Criminal Code (title 18, section 1001) provides that knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines of up to $10,000, and/or 5 years imprisonment, or both.

Talking Points Memo has been trying to get a copy of the form or forms Senator Cruz might have completed while applying for these positions in order to determine exactly how he responded to such questions about his citizenship.  Did Cruz commit a felony by falsifying or concealing information about his dual citizenship at that time?  So far Senator Cruz has been unresponsive to repeated calls from TPM about this matter.

Lying on a Federal application form or just withholding information is a serious matter.  Senator Cruz needs to offer an explanation of how he responded to questions about his dual citizenship when he applied for Federal jobs back in the early 2000s.  He should ask that any forms that he completed when applying for the above mentioned jobs be made public.

See a copy of SF85 below or here: 

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