FORMER LEAD INVESTIGATOR REVEALS INFORMATION THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON’T TOUCH
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 2, 2017) — On his Friday night show, “Freedom Friday” host Carl Gallups opened by referencing an article at The New York Daily News citing an alleged “report” from an unnamed U.S. Senator of a conversation during which President Donald Trump was said to have “revived” the “birther” issue, which questioned Barack Hussein Obama’s background and birthplace.
The YouTube version of the show is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60233wF4bnM
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans believe means, at a minimum, “born in the United States.” Many others contend that the term signifies a more restricted class of citizens whose parents were U.S. citizens at the time of the candidate’s birth, thereby alleviating any question as to his national allegiance.
In 1958, the World Book Encyclopedia stated that a presidential candidate must have been born in the United States. The entry further reads, citing the other provisions of Article II, “A person born of American parents in another Country, such as Canada or France, would not be eligible for election. The candidate must be at least 35 years old, and must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.”
Since 2007, doubts circulated about Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve given that credible reports had said he was born outside of the United States, in Kenya or Indonesia. Once questioned as the presidential election cycle unfolded, some authors changed their work to say that Obama was “born in Hawaii.”
A second question regarding Obama’s eligibility centered on his claimed father, a Kenyan and later British citizen, who came to the U.S. on a student visa but never applied for U.S. citizenship.
Yet another concern was Obama’s reported residence in Indonesia between the ages of 6 and 10, during which several reports say that he would have had to have become an Indonesian citizen to attend school.
Gallups pointed out that like many others in the mainstream media, the New York Daily News article ignored the five-year investigation into the “long-form” birth certificate image posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 which found it to be a “computer-generated forgery.”
Instead, the article characterized Trump’s doubts about Obama’s legitimacy, first expressed early in 2011 before the image was posted, as a “conspiracy theory.”
The investigation was launched in August 2011 by then-Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio after 242 of his constituents expressed concern that their votes could be disenfranchised in the 2012 presidential election if reports from various experts that the image was fraudulent proved to be accurate.
Gallups then brought on his first guest, former detective Mike Zullo, who served as lead investigator for the entire length of the birth certificate probe.
Responding to Gallups’s invocation of the NYDN article, Zullo noted that left-leaning media has been quick to raise the “birther” matter despite the investigation having been concluded last December, just before Arpaio left office. “Why do they keep bringing this up?” he asked rhetorically.
A former detective, Zullo told Gallups that while investigating the birth certificate image, “circumstantial facts,” also known as “circumstantial evidence” or “indirect fact,” were identified.
He pointed out that on April 27, 2011, Obama held a press conference and “referenced the PDF file” which had been uploaded to whitehouse.gov but “never took possession of the document.” The PDF was reported by the White House to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate allegedly obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) several days before by Obama’s personal attorney, Judith Corley of Perkins Coie.
Zullo then mentioned the December 2013 death of HDOH Director Loretta Fuddy, the only casualty among eight passengers traveling in a small plane which was forced to make a water landing while returning to Honolulu from official business.
Speaking of the long-form birth certificate image uploaded to whitehouse.gov, Zullo said, “Everyone attested that this is the document that was presented to them. However, there were some problems with that. The reality is the public has never seen an original, paper document…What they have seen is a manually-created depiction of what a genuine birth certificate should have or may have looked like, but they never saw the actual document. So that PDF file, it has no legal authority, and no one is under any obligation to accept it as any type of legal authority.”
“It means nothing,” Gallups responded, which Zullo affirmed.
Zullo said that the image is not a scan of a real document, that the “origin of the PDF file” is not known and that investigators believe it was “computer-generated.” “They wanted the public to believe the story, the narrative, that they were floating out. Just because they say it, you’re supposed to take it as fact, so what do they do? They manufacture direct evidence to support a phony narrative. They manufactured that PDF file to present it to the nation as if it was factual evidence, actually a true birth certificate. The reality is: it never was.”
Zullo went on to say that the “birth certificate narrative is plagued with a multitude of problems” and that in court, “circumstantial” or “indirect evidence” consists of “other evidence that supports the conclusion drawn from direct evidence.”
Turning to the law firm Perkins Coie, at which Corley worked when she allegedly retrieved two certified copies of Obama’s long-form birth certificate, Zullo remarked that current high-profile Perkins Coie attorney Robert Bauer was previously Obama’s White House counsel and prior to that, his personal attorney.
Zullo referenced Bauer’s having made remarks at a “press conference” held shortly before Obama’s on April 27, 2011 during which time Bauer claimed that Hawaii officials “had to do a legal analysis to determine if there was even a legal basis for Hawaii to provide a long-form birth certificate to the president” (Zullo’s words).
Unable to locate the Bauer presser online, The Post & Email contacted Zullo, who told us that the video has been “scrubbed.” However, he sent us a transcript of Bauer’s remarks from that day.
(“Letters” refers to Obama’s and Corley’s written communications with Fuddy to request that an exception to departmental policy be made in order to provide Obama with two certified copies of his long-form birth certificate.)
The transcript reads:
Q Are these letters supposed to demonstrate the legal steps that were involved in releasing it to the White House counsel?
“A simple reading of the statutes, and you know that that’s not accurate,” Zullo said, referring to when the HDOH changed its policy to release only “short-form” birth certificates routinely. Bauer had said that the Department began its short-form-only policy in “the mid-1980s,” while Zullo said it occurred in the year 2000.
In July 2009, CNN’s then-president and CEO, Jon Klein, said in an email to staff that the HDOH had “confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless” and that “That reportedly includes Pres. Obama’s original birth certificate.”
On June 2, 2011, Politico reported that Bauer would return to Perkins Coie to “resume the role he had during Obama’s 2008 presidential run, serving as general counsel to the campaign and to the Democratic National Committee, and as personal lawyer to Obama,” quoting “the White House.”
Perkins Coie is now known to have been involved in procuring the Trump “dossier” through a company named “Fusion GPS” during last year’s presidential campaign. The unsubstantiated dossier may have been utilized to obtain FISA court warrants to “wiretap” members of the Trump transition team, an item reportedly under investigation by U.S. House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
An article dated December 26, 2016 by WND’s Bob Unruh drew on a December 16, 2016 interview Zullo conducted with The Hagmann Report a day after a final press conference on the birth certificate investigation.
Zullo explained how the White House said it sent Obama’s personal lawyer to Hawaii to pick up the document to provide to the voting public.
The governor in Hawaii at the time said Obama’s records were handled no differently from others.
But Zullo noted Obama’s personal lawyer made it a private matter, and White House Counsel Bob Bauer at the time said a legal analysis was required to determine whether they could get the long-form document.
“That’s not true,” Zullo insisted. “All you had to do was contact the director of health and say, ‘I’m the president of the United States and I need a copy.”
Speaking of Bauer, Zullo told Gallups, “He attests that they had to do a legal analysis to determine if there was even a legal basis for Hawaii to provide a long-form birth certificate to the president.” However, Zullo said there have been “numerous” individuals who requested their Hawaii “long-form” birth certificates without fanfare.
Zullo reminded listeners that early in 2011, newly-elected Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie set out on a mission to locate Obama’s long-form birth certificate “and could not find it.”
“He went on an extensive search, according to him, and they eventually located a record of his birth sitting in a box somewhere in the state archives. Well, we contacted the state archives; they have no knowledge of this, and they say they’re not in possession of any birth records,” Zullo said at 12:45 in the video.
On January 18, 2011, Dr. Jerome Corsi published an article which begins, “Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.”
Following a break, Zullo resumed his narrative in which he stated that Abercrombie’s revelations showed that Obama’s long-form birth certificate never was “in a bound volume in the State Department of Health,” as Bauer later claimed.
The Post & Email will continue its coverage of Zullo’s December 1 interview in a subsequent article.