“I’m not accusing him of lying or a crime,” Arpaio said, “We have documented evidence of violations of the law. We’re investigating those crimes.”
The news conference presented the preliminary findings of the Cold Case Posse’s work into Obama’s eligibility to be president. The team believes there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.
Arpaio confirmed the investigation will continue, but he could not say exactly where it will lead. He suggested a congressional investigation would be appropriate.
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The investigative team has asked Arpaio to elevate the investigation to a criminal probe that will make available the resources of his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The posse says it has identified at least one person of interest in the alleged forgery of Obama’s birth certificate.
In fact, chief investigator Mike Zullo reported, “We have identified the computer manufacture, [and] where that document resided 20 minutes before it was uploaded onto the White House website.”
The issue of Obama’s birth certificate centers on his eligibility to be president, since the Constitution requires that a president be a “natural-born citizen.”
The term is not defined in the Constitution, but at the time the document was written, many experts believe it referred to the offspring of two citizens of the country. Some critics say the place of birth is irrelevant, since Obama has written that Barack Obama Sr., his father, never was a U.S. citizen.
The posse report included a number of videos explaining the evidence and the conclusion that members believe forgers committed two crimes. First, they say it appears the White House fraudulently created a forgery that it characterized as an officially produced governmental birth record. Second, the White House fraudulently presented to the residents of Maricopa County and to the American public at large a forgery represented as “proof positive” of President Obama’s authentic 1961 Hawaii long-form birth certificate.
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The posse also said evidence suggests the Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.
Arpaio said he went into the investigation, at the request of 250 of his constituents, hoping to provide proof for Obama’s eligibility. Zullo said the issue was not even on his radar when he was called in to the sheriff’s office to begin the work.
But the law enforcement officers explained that they had had an allegation of a possible crime, and now they have evidence to back it up.
Reporters after the presentation badgered Arpaio and Zullo, accusing them of making accusations against the president and questioning how they could ignore the vetting work done by all 50 states on Obama.
However, Arpaio and Zullo say they have evidence of two crimes but have not named anyone as a suspect. And the investigation done by Arpaio’s officers is the first formal law enforcement investigation into any of the issues.
Other probes have been done by private investigators, but in the 2008 election there was no procedure, authority or system to make sure that presidential candidates qualified under the Constitution.
Several dozen court cases have emerged in the last few weeks to get state elections officials to begin that work.
To the accusation by reporters that the county was dealing with something that should be addressed at another level, Zullo said, “The fact that that document was put up on the website of the White House for distribution for anyone in the country was a representation made to the people of Maricopa, including at a press conference, where the president attested that this is my document, proof positive.”
He said if it’s a fraud on one person, it’s a fraud on everyone.
Arpaio said he might suggest a congressional investigation to resolve the concerns, but he wasn’t sure where the case would go next. He emphasized, however, that it would continue.
“We would like to start with the person who pressed the upload button,” Zullo said.
Arpaio added, “We don’t have the person yet. That’s what we’re working to find out.”
If Obama has explanations for the evidence, he said, he’d like to see it, because then “we all win.”
Zullo specifically discounted the value of newspaper publications of announcements purporting to document Obama’s birth in Hawaii in 1961, explaining that there is evidence that some 3-year-olds were registered as newborns, and some foreign-born children were registered as Hawaii residents.
Thus, the newspaper information is “not credible,” he said.
The posse was made up of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experience. It interviewed dozens of witnesses and examined hundreds of documents. It also has taken numerous sworn statements from witnesses around the world, including one that Zullo described as a former government official.
That person, Zullo said, was prepared to testify that in the 1980s, when he was visiting at the home of Obama buddy Bill Ayers’ mother, he was introduced by Ayers’ mother to a “foreign student” who was being helped with his education. That “foreign student” was identified as Barack Obama, he said.
In addition, investigators say they have developed credible evidence that President Obama’s Selective Service card was a forgery, based on an examination of the postal date stamp on the document. Also, records of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards filled out by passengers arriving on international flights originating outside the United States in the month of August 1961, examined at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are missing records for the week of President Obama’s birth.