'I've talked to every one of them; I don't see anybody talking about this'
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a radio host today he’s met with Republicans – including every one of the GOP presidential candidates – and has come to the conclusion they’re as guilty as Democrats of “hiding” questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.
As WND reported, Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse conducted an extensive examination of documents released by the White House last April purported to be Obama’s original, long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration card, only to conclude there is probable cause the documents are tually forgeries.
Yet despite his findings, Arpaio told “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio that media and politicians alike are afraid to touch the issue.
“Why didn’t someone investigate this? I mean, where is everybody?” Arpaio asked Klein. “How come the federal agencies aren’t investigating? We’re dealing with federal issues here. So everybody’s hiding, and they’re still hiding.”
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Klein told the sheriff he had hired his own forensic experts to analyze Obama’s purported birth certificate, but Arpaio insisted his posse’s examination went even further.
“This takes it to a different level, because we are a law enforcement agency,” said Arpaio, “it gives it a little different type of credibility.”
The sheriff also preempted charges of politics affecting his investigation, explaining he had told lead investigator Mike Zullo to debunk the “birther” claims about Obama’s documents.
“My instructions were this: ‘I want you to clear the president. I want to get to the bottom of this and get it off the table forever,’” Arpaio told Klein. “Didn’t happen that way.”
Instead, Zullo and the Cold Case Posse only confirmed lingering questions about Obama’s documents.
Klein asked Arpaio if he’d heard from Republicans since the announcement of the investigation’s findings.
“I haven’t heard from any,” Arpaio said, “especially the congressional delegation from Arizona.”
But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried to get Republicans to recognize the issue.
“I’ve had presidential candidates visit me in my office. I’ve talked to every one of them,” Arpaio said. “I don’t see anybody talking about this. I don’t see any senators talking about it. … How come everybody’s hiding this?”
Listen to the full interview below:
“Maybe with your help and other media outlets,” Arpaio told Klein, “maybe the public will start becoming angry at this and insist that there be a congressional inquiry and that something be done about it and not just a little ol’ sheriff of Maricopa County.”
Read the preliminary findings of Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation after six months investigating Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president in “A Question of Eligibility,” co-authored by Jerome Corsi and Mike Zullo.
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