Palin on Trump: "More Power to Him!"

By Maggie Haberman
|  Monday, Apr 11, 2011  |  Updated 8:36 AM EDT
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Sarah Palin hailed Donald Trump's claim that he has investigators in Hawaii looking into President Obama's birth, but stopped short of bolstering the notion that he wasn't born in the U.S.

"More power to him!" Palin told former New York district attorney Jeanine Pirro on her Fox News show on Saturday, referring to The Donald's claim that he hired probers to look into the issue.

"I appreciate that Donald wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans," she said.

"He's not just throwing stones from the sidelines, he's digging in (to it), he's paying for researchers," she added.

But when Pirro asked Palin's view of the issue, the former Alaskan governor walked a careful line on the issue.

"Well, you know, I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was a birth announcement put in the newspaper," she said. "But obviously there's something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate...he's going to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown. And that's kind of perplexing for a lot of people."

Several news outlets and independent groups have examined the "birther" issue and dismissed it as unfounded.

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