“IF YOU GO ANYWHERE NEAR IT, YOU GET FRIED”
by Sharon Rondeau
Zullo served as lead investigator of a five-year criminal investigation into the “long-form” birth certificate image posted on the White House website in 2011 which determined the image to be a “computer-generated forgery.”
The probe was commissioned by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, who himself has appeared on CNN and in other public forums affirming that the birth certificate image is fraudulent beyond the level of probable cause.
“If you go anywhere near it, you get fried,” Zullo commented of the topic.
Gallups had played a sound clip from Wednesday night’s “Hannity” during which host Sean Hannity questioned guest Dr. Jerome Corsi, Ph.D. about the interrogation he underwent by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators as well as some of the books Corsi has written (begins at 28:00 here).
Despite his Harvard-earned Ph.D., Corsi has been described by many as “a conspiracy theorist.” In describing the questioning he endured over more than two months, Corsi told Hannity that one of Mueller’s prosecutors, Aaron Zelinsky, ridiculed his “work on Barack Obama, the birth certificate and Swift Boats…” among other issues.
Corsi is the author of 20 books, including respective books on the Obama birth certificate and Swift Boat veterans who claimed that 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry did not warrant the three Purple Hearts he received from his Vietnam service. In some political circles, the book is cited as a reason for Kerry’s unsuccessful bid to unseat then-President George W. Bush.
Once Corsi mentioned the “birth certificate” and the Swift Boat veterans, Hannity said, “I would disagree with you on both of those things…” while acknowledging, “You’re allowed to have controversial opinions and views.”
Hannity quickly changed the subject to whether or not Corsi claimed to have been pressured to lie by Mueller’s team, to which Corsi responded in the affirmative. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published a “draft” plea agreement reportedly provided by Corsi which Corsi said he refused to sign, as it states that he was dishonest and he maintains that he was not.
As Gallups and Zullo went on to discuss, some in Hannity’s audience apparently concluded that Corsi had essentially disavowed to Hannity his own work on the Obama birth certificate. Zullo said that after viewing the “Hannity” segment, he called Corsi, who clarified that that was not his intent at all.
Zullo said that Corsi explained that his “beliefs” are “not included in my writing” and that Corsi affirmed that he remains convinced that the “long-form” image posted by the Obama White House is “not a birth certificate.”
Just after the 9:00 mark, Gallups played a clip from an interview Corsi conducted with NBC News producer Anna Schechter in which Schechter Gallups said Schechter “panics” about Corsi’s writing about the “birther” issue. Corsi responded that it was “Mr. Zelinsky” who questioned his work on the Obama birth certificate, to which Corsi said he told Zelinsky, “Well, Mr. Zelinsky, I’ll defy you to show me Barack Obama’s 1961 orgiinal Hawaiian birth certificate.” Schechter countered with, “He did release a birth certificate.” “It was a computer printout which didn’t exist in 1961,” Corsi replied, “and the forensic analysis that Sheriff Arpaio did on it said it was a fake.”
“It does seem that you just can’t help yourself with a juicy conspiracy,” Schechter responded.
Gallups described Schechter’s response as “snarky.” When asked for comment, Zullo characterized Corsi’s explanation to Schechter of his work on the birth certificate as “stellar.”