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By Michael Muskal,
Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that volunteer investigators working for him have concluded that President Obama’s birth certificate is not legitimate.
The Maricopa County sheriff made his remarks Tuesday at a news conference, saying: “At the very least, I can tell you this, based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.”
He added: “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House.”
The latest pronouncements are a return to the issue for Arpaio, who is seeking reelection in November. Further, they come as the federal government is scheduled to begin Thursday its civil trial against Arpaio, accused of racially profiling Latinos.
That suit is part of a chain of federal civil rights litigation against Arpaio, who’s made a career out of championing conservative issues, such as tough stands on law and order, illegal immigration and, of late, the so-called birther issue.