Arpaio Says Obama Birth Record Is Fraudulent
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Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is definitely fraudulent. The president's campaign has declined to comment on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's allegations. (July 17)


[SOT/:SOT -- MIKE ZULLO / INVESTIGATOR] [Notes:LOCATION -- PHOENIX -- AP VIDEO --JULY 17]Soundbite of Mike Zullo, lead investigator in the investigation by one of Arpaio's volunteer posses:"This document is fictitious and it's been represented to the people of Maricopa County. Now I'm sorry that the president claimed ownership of it. I'm sorry that it's the president. But if somebody represented something fictitious to you and you acted on it and found out it was wrong and you came to us, you'd want us to look at it." Soundbite of Zullo: "It's time for the charade to stop. This is a real long time to be looking into something. A lot of money has been spent never to release this. And now that it's released, there's no evidence that it's authentic. There is not a document examiner in the nation that could go into a courtroom and declare this document authentic."Soundbite of Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County (Arizona) sheriff: "Right now we'd like to give it to somebody. I think we did quite a bit of work on this and I would like Congress to have hearings. Maybe a special prosecutor. Not only for this issue but an issue of how easy it is to get a birth certificate in Hawaii. We're talking about national security. We're talking about immigration."Soundbite of Arpaio: "We are not accusing the president of any crime. We are strictly investigating a possible government forged document. And that's the way we're still going with this. We're talking about a document."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: ned barker---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: bob mccall----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: a1248BC-US--Arizona Sheriff-Obama Birth, 1st Ld-Wr