Donald Trump's "big" announcement is not so big

Donald Trump talks to the press after receiving the American Automobile Association's (AAA) Five-Diamond Award for Trump's International Hotel & Tower New York at the hotel on March 31, 2011. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, Donald Trump promised the world that he had a "very big" bombshell to drop about President Obama that could impact the election.

"I have something very, very big concerning the president of the United States," Trump said. "It's very big, bigger than anybody would know."

Turns out - and brace yourself - he actually didn't have anything at all.

The real estate mogul and reality show star announced on Wednesday that he will give $5 million to charity if Mr. Obama will release his college and passport applications and records. Trump said a check will be delivered to a charity of the president's choice if the documentation is released "to my satisfaction" by October 31.

Some "birthers" have suggested that Mr. Obama's college records would show that he transferred from a school in Indonesia, and would thus refute the overwhelming evidence that the president was born in the United States.

Trump, who was briefly atop polls of potential Republican presidential nominees last year and who has campaigned with Mitt Romney, said in a video announcement that releasing the records would "end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans."

He added that he is "very honored" to have gotten the president "to release his long-form birth certificate, or whatever it may be."

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