BUT ISN’T IT HIS JOB TO FIND OUT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 31, 2016) — In an interview with Fox Channel 10’s John Hook and Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio on December 30, Hook expressed incredulity at Arpaio’s claim that he attempted to “clear the president” in his five-year investigation of the long-form birth certificate image posted on the White House website bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II.”
In August 2011, at the request of 242 constituents, Arpaio commissioned his “Cold Case Posse” to study the image released to the public in April of that year said by several experts to be a forgery.
Obama has claimed a birth on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI but has produced no authentic paper document supporting it. In March 2012, Arpaio and Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo declared that probable cause existed to believe that the image at whitehouse.gov is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Investigators also found Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form to be fraudulent.
Hook, who co-anchors a nightly news program with Kari Lake, asked Arpaio the “motive” for the creation of a forged government document, in this case, belonging to Barack Hussein Obama.
Hook is shown facing away from the camera during the interview.
“Why spend time on it and even your posse money on it if the end result is it doesn’t change anything; he’s going to be the president?” Hook asked at the 1:00 mark.
“It has nothing to do with the president,” Arpaio responded.
“What would have been the point of a fraudulent document?” Hook persisted. “They did this why?”
“Good question,” Arpaio replied. “We proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the media will not cover it, AGAIN. Probably the biggest cover-up in history, and the media’s involved in it.”
Arpaio referenced “a little sensitive information” collected by investigators that has not yet been released to the public as well as ForLab in Italy, which performed a forensic investigation on the image and whose findings were made public at a third and final press conference on December 15.
Hook again asked, “What would have been the motive, though, of doing this? If the document is forged or doctored in some way, is it to prevent President Obama from some declaration on that document that he is Muslim…?”
“The motive would have been he doesn’t have a birth certificate,” Arpaio responded, explaining that he asked to see the microfiche on which Obama’s original birth certificate would have been stored and which has never been produced.
“I started this to clear the president,” Arpaio told Hook, who said, “I don’t know that anybody’s going to believe it. You and Obama have been a loggerheads from the beginning.”
In a post which did not appear on Channel 10’s Facebook page, The Post & Email left a message asking why Channel 10 did not conduct its own investigation to answer Hook’s questions rather than asking Arpaio.
A link to the interview itself is posted on the page, to which this writer posted the following comment:
“Why is it that no politician would even touch this?” Arpaio asked Hook, who responded, “I think because most people thought that in the end, it won’t matter.”
In a brief article featuring the interview on Channel 10’s website, Hook is referred to in the third person and the birth certificate investigation as Arpaio’s “obsession.” The video clip embedded in the article includes one statement from Arpaio about Obama’s long-form birth certificate, but Hook said in his television report that the entire hour-long interview has been posted on the station’s YouTube channel.
Arpaio served as Maricopa County sheriff for six terms, or 24 years, after having worked as a federal agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), including as head agent for Arizona.
Arpaio, 84, told Hook that after leaving office, he plans to “be a voice in stopping the ‘War on Cops.'”
“I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not disappearing. I’ll be around, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER,” Arpaio told Hook, suggesting that if President-Elect Donald Trump, who Arpaio supported in the primaries, were to call upon him, he would respond.