As if the Republican Party doesn’t have enough problems, now Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has determined through his cold case posse that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. Despite those who brought the investigation to Arpaio, and most of those who took part in it, are political opponents of Obama, Arpaio has tried to present his investigation as fair.
Both Democratic and Republican officials in Hawaii’s public health department have confirmed Obama’s birth certificate as valid numerous times.
Mike Zullo, the lead investigator in this case, called for a criminal investigation because the documents are fake. He also seemed to express dismay that Hawaii did not cooperate, even though Maricopa County has no jurisdiction in Hawaii. Arpaio also expressed his doubts that Hawaii will conduct a “fair, honest, professional” investigation.
This entire presentation by Arpaio and Zullo should be exposed for the charade it is. One of the people who spoke at the presentation of this “evidence” of fraud was Jeromie Corsi. Corsi presented his case in the third section of the video embedded below. Corsi is a long time birther. He is closely aligned with World Net Daily. World Net Daily is a hotbed of birther activities that has kept this conspiracy alive. It is laughable that Corsi, who is an unrepentant birther, stated that he approached this with an open mind in search of the truth.
Some have pointed out that Arpaio is facing a federal investigation for civil rights abuses. He has plenty of reason to want political cover. Interestingly, Arpaio did not publicly state that Obama has committed a crime, but his investigation has supposedly found a person of interest in this supposed fraud. What Arpaio has done here is just enough to draw attention to the issue without really doing anything. The non-birthers in the Republican Party must want to bury their heads in the sand after listening to this garbage.
If this is the best that Arpaio can do as an investigation, it raises serious questions at how his department handles a real crime. This is simply surreal.
The embed includes a series of videos from the press conference. The question and answer session at the end is interesting as doubting reporters try to pin Arpaio into a corner. His response? I’m not accusing President Obama of anything. Someone else has committed fraud and a forgery.
Did I say surreal? It is worse than that. Arpaio is an embarrassment to the concept of justice.