EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deposition in lawsuit by senator's son

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was deposed for more than four hours on July 14, 2016. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was deposed for more than four hours on July 14, 2016. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled for a deposition Thursday in Austin Flake's lawsuit over the investigation into the heat exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his in-laws. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled for a deposition Thursday in Austin Flake's lawsuit over the investigation into the heat exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his in-laws. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Protest signs shortly after the incident occurred. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Protest signs shortly after the incident occurred. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is awaiting two different verdicts -- one from the court about possible criminal contempt and from the voters as he runs for an unprecedented seventh term in what some political experts are now calling the fight of his life.

Arpaio insists he has a mandate from and the support of Maricopa County voters.

"I get more support now on the streets wherever I go -- I'm not bragging -- so I got a lot of support out there," he said during a deposition last month.

We have obtained exclusive video of that deposition, which stemmed from a lawsuit that alleges that Arpaio's office trumped up charges in a highly publicized animal cruelty case from 2014, going after Sen. Jeff Flake's son with the intention of politically damaging the senator.

RELATED: Arpaio to undergo deposition in lawsuit by Flake's son (July 12, 2016)

RELATED: Flake's son sues Arpaio over investigation into dog deaths (June 22, 2015)

This new video paints a picture of Arpaio as forgetful, unapologetic and removed from the daily work of his office.

Among the most common answers to questions from Flake's were, "I don't recall," "I don't know," and "I don't know anything about the situation."

The deposition went on for about 4.5 hours and during that time, Arpaio could not remember key details in a high-profile animal cruelty case in Gilbert where more than 20 dogs died in a boarding kennel. Arpaio said he is all about delegation.

"I'm going to say my management style, I just said it, I delegate to my subordinates," Arpaio said during the deposition. "I have confidence in them to get the job done. … I'm going to rely on the detectives and the prosecutors that were involved in this investigation."

RAW VIDEO: Entire deposition (10 parts)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part  3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10

RAW VIDEO: Entire deposition (4 parts on YouTube)

Two years ago, Arpaio led the charge against Flake and those involved in the dogs' deaths.

SPECIAL SECTION: Gilbert dog deaths

Flake and his wife were caring for the pets at the time. The kennel, Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert, is owned by Flake's in-laws.

RELATED: Flake, wife plead not guilty in Green Acre dog deaths

RELATED: Kennel owners in Gilbert dog deaths accept plea deal in case (June 30, 2016)

The case against Flake and his the wife was eventually dropped but now he claims that Arpaio damaged his reputation and is suing the longtime lawman.

As for Arpaio, he now says he can't recall why he went after the U.S.  senator's son in the first place.

"Tell me, now that you've had the chance to think about it, what Austin Flake did that was intentional and violated the law in reference to those dogs," Flake's lawyer asked.

"I don't have an answer for that," Arpaio replied.

We reached out to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for comment but have not heard back.

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