“AN ALTERED DOCUMENT”
by Sharon Rondeau
Between August 2011 and December 2016, Zullo conducted a probe into the “long-form” birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov on April 27, 2011 purported to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth record. At a press conference on March 1, 2012, Zullo and then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio declared the birth certificate image a “computer-generated forgery.”
Obama has claimed he was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, which was then called the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital.
The hospital has never confirmed Obama’s birth there. Both previous to and following Obama’s announcement in February 2007 that he would seek the presidency, a number of domestic and international media reports stated his birthplace as Indonesia or Kenya.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen.”
At approximately 9:45 a.m. ET on April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate showing that he was born at Kapiolani on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m. local time. Unlike the “short-form” Certification of Live Birth released by an unconfirmed party on or about June 12, 2008 and posted on various websites, the “long-form” contained a physician’s signature, the occupations of the parents, their address, and the signature of the registrar, among other details.
When Obama was elected on November 4, 2008, NPR had reported his birthplace as Kenya and subsequently changed it to say he was born in Hawaii. Unbeknownst to most Americans, his biography, as it appeared in a 1991 brochure produced by his former literary agent, reported him as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
The bio remained undisturbed until April 2007, when it was quietly altered to say that Obama was “born in Hawaii.” When Breitbart News brought the brochure to light, literary agent Miriam Goderich explained her original statement as a “fact checking error.”
As WND reported on July 9, 2009, a letter purportedly sent by the White House to Kapiolani dated January 24, 2009 recognizing its 100th year of service was posted on the hospital’s website for approximately six months, only to be removed within an hour of WND’s having made inquiries as to why the image was not a scan or photo of a real, paper letter.
On July 13, 2009, WND’s White House-credentialed reporter and radio host, Les Kinsolving, asked then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the origin of the letter, to which Gibbs responded, “Goodness gracious. I’m going to be, like, in year four describing where it is the president was born. I don’t have the letter at my fingertips, obviously, and I don’t know the name of the exact hospital.”
Gibbs further chided:
Do all of your listeners and the listeners throughout this country the service to which any journalist owes those listeners, and that is the pursuit of the noble truth. And the noble truth is that the president was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America.
WND’s investigation to that time revealed that the image posted on Kapiolani’s website was in reality “a pieced-together likeness of a letter using HTML code that routinely builds websites.”
After contacting the FBI and U.S. Secret Service with questions about the origin of the letter, the outlet reported on July 26, 2009:
Since the medical center has been using the letter for a high-profile fundraising campaign in the spring edition of its Inspire Magazine, the FBI and United States Secret Service said the matter could potentially lead to criminal prosecution were the letter determined to be fraudulent.
When Abercrombie purportedly read from the letter at the Kapiolani fundraising event on the evening of January 24, 2009, his words were not the same as those appearing in the image of the letter posted on the hospital’s website, as WND detailed.
As WND reported, the purported letter was used by Kapiolani, both on its website and in the spring issue of its “Inspire” Magazine, to promote its fundraiser. Underneath the image appearing on page 8 is the caption, “President Barack Obama sent this official congratulatory message, read by Congressman Abercrombie.”
Zullo’s in-depth, public identification of Abercrombie’s connection to the long-form birth certificate image, which Zullo’s five-year investigation found to be a “computer-generated forgery” in 2012, began with a December 1 interview with “Freedom Friday” host Carl Gallups. During the 45-minute session, Zullo spoke at length about not only Abercrombie, but also Atty. Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie, a firm which has represented the DNC and related causes for years.
Perkins Coie also defended Obama against lawsuits over the question of his eligibility.
On July 25, 2016, law.com reported, in part:
Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday with the leak of thousands of DNC emails posted by Wikileaks.
The emails, including at least one authored by Elias, have roiled the Democratic Party nomination process because they indicate that some DNC officials tried to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign. DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on Sunday over the controversy, and she was loudly heckled by Sanders supporters during an appearance on Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
At least five Perkins Coie lawyers, including Elias, who is the general counsel for Clinton’s campaign, and Democratic Party mainstay Robert Bauer, are included in email exchanges in which DNC staffers discuss strategy. In one email, Elias, the chair of Perkins Coie’s political law practice, urged DNC officials to attack Sanders for allegedly lying when Sanders accused the DNC of improperly using campaign funds to help Clinton.
Bauer served as Obama’s personal attorney prior to his 2008 presidential election and then as White House Counsel from January 2009 to June 2011. At that point, he returned to Perkins Coie, where he is now a partner.
His bio currently states that “In Bob’s 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations, and tax-exempt groups.”
In an off-the-record meeting on the morning of April 27, 2011, Bauer told reporters that a “waiver” had to be obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) in order to achieve the release of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate. Unlike Abercrombie, who in January 2011 would vaguely refer to Obama’s birth as having been “written down” in state “archives,” Bauer claimed that Obama’s original birth certificate was “in a bound volume in the State Department of Health.”
Later that morning, the White House posted an image of what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate obtained by Perkins Coie attorney Judith Corley, who then served as Obama’s personal attorney.
Corley was said to have traveled from Washington, DC to Honolulu to obtain two certified copies of her client’s “long-form” birth certificate on or about April 23, 2011 after making a written request to then-HDOH Director Loretta Fuddy.
In his interview with Gallups, Zullo took issue with Bauer’s “waiver” claim, pointing to a number of “long-form” birth certificates released to individuals within the last 8-10 years by the health department, one of which Zullo’s investigation showed was used as a “source document” for the “computer-generated forgery.”
It has since been revealed that Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias acted as a conduit between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a Washington, DC-based firm, FusionGPS, to commission the procuring of the now-infamous “Trump dossier” last year. The dossier, published by Buzzfeed in January, contains salacious, unverified claims and may have been used to procure FISA warrants to wiretap Trump and his associates during the 2016 presidential race.
In his interview with The Post & Email last week, Zullo said that Perkins Coie “shifted the burden of the birth certificate to Corley so they could circumvent the document archiving procedures of the White House.” As a result, he said, “that document was never provided to the federal government.”
Of the Kapiolani letter, Zullo further told us:
With Obama purportedly writing that letter, he was declaring that place as the place of his birth. It was meant to reinforce what he wanted you to believe, and because he reportedly put it on White House stationery, that’s supposed to carry some weight. The reality is he can say whatever he wants, but it doesn’t make the letter authentic.
He made a declarative statement; however, he spent millions of dollars not to produce the document in court after he was pressured. That makes no logical sense. Because if you’re going to declare it authentic, yet it still carries significant doubt of authenticity in the minds of the public, why waste the time, money and effort not to physically produce it and settle the question once and for all? Look at the pressure it took just to get Kapiolani Medical Center to finally admit that they had fraudulently created that fundraising letter. They literally lifted the signature of the President of the United States and put it on an altered document. Some people don’t realize that it is a potentially a criminal act, especially if the hospital knows they have no birth records to back the claim.
These people colluded in the fundraising letter; they tried to cover for Abercrombie until they were going to be faced with a federal investigation, and then they removed the letter from their website.
We have creditable, sourced information that Obama’s birth never took place at Kapiolani Medical Center and there has never been a record found there.
[Editor’s Note: After Abercrombie was elected Hawaii governor in November 2010, he set out on a mission to release additional documentation to convince doubters that Obama was, in fact, born in the Aloha State, with an eye toward the 2012 presidential election. However, after claiming that the birth event was “written down” in the “state archives,” he ultimately said that he was advised by the Hawaii attorney general that state law precluded the release of any documentation to the public.]
In one of his interviews, Abercrombie said that questions over Obama’s birthplace were “personal” for him. The fact that he couldn’t find Obama’s birth certificate posed a problem, so he had to come up with another narrative for him, that it’s stored in a file box somewhere.
The mainstream media widely reported Abercrombie’s stated resolve to locate Obama’s original birth record, although former HDOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino claimed to have “seen” the record within the department’s records in July 2009.
In December 2010, HawaiiNewsNow quoted Abecrombie as having remarked of the questions Americans had voiced about Obama’s birthplace and life narrative:
It’s an insult to his mother and father. How would anybody like to have their mother and father in that kind of a situation? I was friends with his mom and dad. The president of the United States is entitled to the respect of his office.
On December 28, 2010, the Christian Science Monitor reported that “On CNN yesterday, Abercrombie acknowledged that more documentation may not satisfy the birthers, but said he was acting because of his personal disgust with the claims and the fact that he knew Obama’s parents back in college when Obama was born and is deeply offended at claims he knows to be false.”
In its article of December 27, 2010, CNN wrote:
Asked if one option is to ask Obama to waive his privacy rights so that a copy of his actual birth certificate can be released publicly, Abercrombie cut off a reporter’s question.
“No, no, no – it’s not up to the president,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the president. It has to do with the people of Hawaii who love him, people who love his mom and dad. It has to do with respect the office of the president is entitled to. And it has to do with respect that every single person’s mother and father are entitled to.”
The narrative of the fundraising letter is actually very telling, and a lot of people have overlooked its significance. By all indications, as reported by WND, the letter read by Abercrombie at a fundraising event, where he touted the first message ever sent by Obama anywhere in the country, was very different than the letter that was represented online. http://www.wnd.com/2009/07/103503/. In addition, WND discovered that the image online was not that of an actual paper document but a computer-created image of a letter.
WND reported that the letterhead and the signature of Obama were, in fact, .jpg images, nor did the image include the official presidential or White House seal at the top of the document. WND supplied and published the computer source code to back up the claim.
The signature of the President on the original correspondence signed by him was digitally recreated and placed on the counterfeit letter displayed in fundraising literature proffered by Kapiolani. It became apparent that Kapiolani was aware that the letter was not genuine, as they had the original in their possession the entire time.
Black’s Law Dictionary defines “forgery” as creating a false or altered document made to look genuine by someone with the intent to deceive. It is crystal clear that fraudulently making a false document to use as if genuine, including the unauthorized use of the signature of the President of the United States, certainly falls within and goes beyond that definition.
They placed the signature of the President of the United States on a fraudulent document to be used for profit… to generate money, as if these were his exact words, which is clearly deceptive.
“Do we know if a hard-copy letter was ever sent?” The Post & Email asked.
In response, Zullo referred us to WND’s March 24, 2011 article in which it reported:
In an email exchange with WND, [then-Hawaii State Sen. Sam] Slom’s office staff confirmed that Martha Smith, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said a copy of the Obama letter is currently hung in the administrative section of the hospital, away from public view, while the original is stored for “safekeeping and preservation.”
When Slom’s office asked if the senator would be permitted to see the original letter, Smith responded in an email, “Nope sorry, we are not going to do that.”
There is a hard-copy letter purportedly somewhere at Kapiolani. However, the White House has not confirmed the authenticity of the letter. You can see it with the raised presidential seal. As of 2011 Kapiolani would not show the letter to anyone, claiming it is locked away in a vault.
Only after being informed that the FBI or the Secret Service might investigate the matter as some type of fundraising scheme did Kapiolani produce a photo of a letter. And only after concerns of a federal investigation into their activities did Kapiolani finally admit to creating a computer-generated image. They provided some lame concern of safeguarding the original from web predators.
Who is the nexus? Abercrombie. Who is also complicit? Kapiolani. It is very telling that Abercrombie was at the center of both the fraudulent fundraising letter and the currently fraudulent Obama Birth Certificate.
It also shows the months of stonewalling by Kapiolani all centered around a letter that they should have displayed with pride. Instead they did everything they could not to reveal the actual letter.
Perhaps Kapiolani was concerned that an investigation would lead investigators to satisfy the ultimate question: “Was Obama truly born at that hospital?” That is a claim I don’t believe Kapiolani can ever validate.
And there is Abercrombie, the lone ranger of Obama’s birth narrative — conducting a staged fundraising event with children wearing “Born at Kapiolani” T-shirts, making up words that he represented were actually written by Obama which it was later determined were not – to all, Abercrombie is the central player to a phony fundraising letter and a short-lived cover-up, all to support his claim that Obama was born in Hawaii. And now he is at the center of the Long-Form debate: a document he could not locate, then finds something, but not the birth certificate, that is locked away and no one can see it. It sounds all too familiar.