Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio released early results of an investigation on the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Though this issue has been brought up several times and proven wrong, the idea still attempts to gain momentum by some conservatives.
Arpaio is claiming that he and his team have “probable cause” to believe that the birth certificate released by Obama’s administration in April was computer-generated.
Arpaio said, “We don’t know who the perpetrators are of these documents,” but it doesn’t feel like Obama forged the documents himself.
This investigation gained momentum after nearly 250 people associated with an Arizona tea party asked for the situation to be looked into further.
Arpaio says that it’s not his intent to attack Obama.
“I’m not going after Obama,” Arpaio says, “I’m just doing my job.
This recent investigation might be a decoy to take attention away from Arpaio’s own legal troubles, while he prepares to run for sheriff again this year.
A federal grand jury has been looking into Arpaio’s practices including his “alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn’t adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.
In response to these accusations, Arpaio said, “You say I need this to get elected? Are you kidding me? I’ve been elected five times. I don’t need this.
Arpaio denies the allegations and believes that the investigation is politically motivated.
The debate about Obama’s birth certificate has been going on for years among conservatives. “Birthers,” as they are called, feel that Obama should not be president because he was born in Kenya.
Officials from Hawaii have made it clear that Obama is a United States citizen, and Obama released a copy of his birth certificate in an attempt to discontinue the rumors.
President Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt poked fun at the situation by tweeting what he called a “live link” to Arpaio’s news conference but really took viewers to a clip of television series, “The X-Files.”
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