Arpaio to release findings in Obama birth certificate investigation today


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 10:17 PM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse plan today to release new findings in their ongoing investigation into President Barack Obama's citizenship status.

The White House release Obama's original long-form birth certificate in April 2011, but Arpaio remained convinced it was a forgery.

“Investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House,” Arpaio said in March.

His Cold Case Posse has been looking into that for the past several months and reportedly has uncovered new evidence.

Arpaio said the president's Selective Service card could be a forgery, as well.

The sheriff has not given any indication about the nature of the new evidence his team has found. That will be revealed at a news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. will bring you the latest information as we get it.

While many had criticized Arpaio for his ongoing investigation, he said hundreds of people have asked him to look into it and find the truth.

“I’m listening to my constituents; they asked me to look at it," Arpaio said in September. "When I get complaints on anybody, whether politicians or anyone else, I don't throw it in the waste basket."

Earlier this year, one of Arpaio's deputies actually spent time in Hawaii as part of their investigation.

Protesters say taxpayers should not have to foot the $10,000 bill for the trip. Arpaio had planned to cover the expense with private donations, but the County Board of Supervisors nixed that idea, saying county employees must be paid with county funds.

In May, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Hawaii's verification of Obama's birth records meets the necessary requirements and that the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.