Arpaio May Use Taxpayer Funds To Further Investigate Obama Birth Certificate

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a Phoenix radio station Thursday evening that he’s considering using detectives from his office to further investigate President Obama’s birth certificate, which he now says he believes is a forgery.

Until now, the Republican sheriff had boasted of being able to run his unusual birth certificate investigation without tapping into taxpayer money. The inquiry was handled by a “Cold Case Posse,” which the sheriff said was funded by private donors.

But after the posse came up with evidence that it claims proves the president’s birth certificate is a fake, Arpaio told radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on station KFYI that the information “takes it into a different level.”

“I’ll have to decide how to go with this and get some more help from our detectives that we should pursue,” Arpaio said. “When you get information about a criminal violation, I think it’s incumbent on somebody to look at it and do something about it.”

Listen to the interview below. Arpaio is asked about taxpayer money starting at the 1:15 mark.

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Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com
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