“HE WAS CONCERNED”
by Sharon Rondeau
Arpaio commissioned the investigation several months after the image was uploaded and released to the public on April 27, 2011 and almost immediately declared a forgery by several graphics professionals.
At 12:18 in the audio, Cosby specifically asked about Arpaio’s current views on the results of the investigation, which were revealed in three successive press conferences between March 2012 and December 2016 by Arpaio’s lead investigator, Mike Zullo.
During the first presser, Zullo reported that probable cause existed to believe that the long-form birth certificate is a “computer-generated forgery.” At a second presser, also in 2012, he said that the standard of probable cause had been surpassed and provided other details as to why the image was found to be not genuine. During the last presser on December 15, 2016, Zullo revealed that two reputable forensic analysts studied the image and arrived at the same conclusion based on “nine points of forgery” lifted from another birth certificate which exists in paper form.
In frustration, Arpaio told Cosby that his office sent the evidence amassed during the investigation to the FBI “two years ago” but that “no one will look at it.”
Just after the 13:00 mark, Arpaio invoked the name of George Soros as having “pumped $3.5 million against me in the last election, and he was concerned about the birth certificate; he didn’t do it because I was tough on illegal immigration.”
On November 4, 2016, Breitbart reported that Soros and several associates had given $2.9 million to defeat Arpaio in his campaign against Democrat Paul Penzone. “It’s part of his apparent plan to elect local prosecutors who may back his criminal leniency and pro-mass immigration agenda,” Breitbart wrote of Soros’s then-donation to a left-leaning political action committee, Maricopa Strong.
In an upset days later, Penzone defeated the six-term Maricopa County sheriff.
To this writer’s knowledge, the Cosby interview was the first occasion on which Arpaio connected Soros to the birth certificate forgery or an effort to obscure the crime.