Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command." Corsi's latest book is "Who Really Killed Kennedy?"More ↓Less ↑
PHOENIX – Based on interviews WND conducted with insiders in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has decided to expand the scope of his law enforcement investigation into President Obama’s eligibility to include evidence and affidavits documenting alleged criminal activity by the Obama campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party primary race.
Hollywood film producer Bettina Viviano and Hollywood-based digital photographer Michele Thomas have given Arpaio’s investigators the names of dozens of Hillary Clinton supporters willing to come forward with evidence and affidavits. Among their claims is that the Clintons were the first to charge Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution and that his birth certificate is a forgery.
Moreover, the Hillary supporters identified by Viviano and Thomas have argued that the pattern of questionable and possibly illegal activity suggests that the alleged act of producing forged birth certificate documentation for Obama may have been merely more of the same.
As WND reported, Viviano claims she heard Bill Clinton say that Obama is not eligible to be president.
Arpaio has insisted his investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to be president is not a partisan investigation. It was triggered, he noted, by a petition presented to him in August signed by some 250 members of the Surprise Tea Party in Surprise, Ariz.
Arpaio said he began the investigation with the goal of proving Obama’s birth certificate legitimate.
“I feel very strongly as the constitutional, chief law enforcement officer for this county,” Arpaio told the Tea Party audience. “I wanted to do everything to clear the president of the United States. I wanted to be the guy who stood up here and said that birth certificate is legitimate – leave the president alone. But it didn’t work out that way.”
As WND reported, at a press conference March 1 in Phoenix, Arpaio announced his investigators have probable cause to believe Obama’s birth certificate and his Selective Service Registration form are forgeries.
“The last I heard, if you forged documents, that’s a violation of law,” he quipped to the tea party audience. “If you did it, you’d be in trouble big time.”
Chaos in 2008
Viviano, working with screenplay writer and director Gigi Gaston, produced in 2008 a documentary, “We Will Not Be Silenced,” based on interviews from participants in Democratic Party primary caucuses. They accuse the Obama administration of illegitimate and illegal acts, including threats, intimidation, lies, stolen documents, falsified documents and busing in voters in exchange for meals.
“This documentary is about the disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama Campaign,” Gaston and Viviano write on the “We Will Not Be Silenced 2008 website, which features a 40-minute preview of the documentary.
“We want to be heard and let the country know how our party has sanctioned the actions of what we feel are Obama Campaign ‘Chicago Machine’ dirty politics. We believe this infamous campaign of ‘change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote.”
Arpaio’s investigation has already uncovered evidence of intimidation by Obama supporters in an attempt to suppress media coverage of the birth certificate and eligibility issues.
Last November, prominent Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal suggesting Obama should abandon his candidacy for re-election, stepping aside for “the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Conceding that even with an all-time-low job approval rating and even worse ratings on handling the economy, Obama could “eke out” a victory in November 2012, Caddell and Schoen argued that the type of campaign required for Obama’s “political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern – not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.”
The PUMA P.A.C. that emerged to oppose Obama and support Hillary in 2008 remains in existence. It describes itself as “a burgeoning group of bloggers, writers and citizens who are joining together to fight back against the corrupt leadership of the DNC, their ‘chosen’ candidate and the mainstream media that enables them.”
The Obama campaign appears to have gained at least a temporary advantage among women, after charging that GOP presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, are “hostile to women” for their stand on contraceptives, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released this week.
According to the poll, Obama’s biggest advantage rests with women under 50, with six in 10 supporting him. Romney’s support in that demographic dropped to 30 percent, giving Obama a 2-to-1 advantage.
Obama administration senior officials confirmed Monday that Clinton will not campaign for Obama to avoid making her position as secretary of state appear political, according to the Huffington Post.
Clinton previously announced she plans to leave the State Department at the end of Obama’s current term.