Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference in Phoenix Thursday to announce that his five-year investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate determined it’s a “forgery.”
We have concluded the document released by the White House “to be a fraudulently created document which has been represented as an official copy of the original birth certificate of President Obama,” Arpaio told journalists.
We have been “maligned, falsely labeled, grossly criticized in the bulk of the media and certain internet sources for years. Today we’re going to set the record straight,” he added.
Arpaio called the findings “shocking” and the implications “profound.”
“All we ever wanted was the truth,” he said. “We let the evidence determine the direction of the investigation.”
Arpaio then brought out lead investigator Mike Zullo, who immediately noted that the “media has been viciously against us from the beginning”
Zullo claimed that multiple specialists reviewed the document, noting they’re very smart, “these guys know their stuff.”
He then presented a video claiming to show “9 points of forgery,” imploring the press to “have an open mind.”
“I want to read to you Reid Hayes’ conclusion,” Zullo said while interrupting the video. “Reid Hayes, 40 years (experience), a true professional. The man is a professional. ‘The evidence noted herein is clear and convincing proof that the Obama certificate of live birth posted on WhiteHouse.gov on April 27, 2011, is a fraudulently manufactured document.’”
Zullo then read Hayes’ claim that the birth certificate was pieced together using other people’s documents, claiming it proved Obama’s was “inauthentic.”
“You don’t get a clearer definition than ‘fraudulent document,’” Zullo said. “This information that we just shared with you is evidence.”
Arpaio then came back out and announced, “I plan on turning over this investigation this month to the federal government and Congress in hopes that Congress will pass a law that presidents should be vetted. Common sense.”
Arpaio said he hopes Congress will hold public hearings regarding the matter.
Despite calling the event a press conference, Arpaio refused to answer any questions, saying, “There’s more sensitive information that we have and I’m not going into it.”