Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation
February 21st, 2012
08:40 PM ET
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Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation

Phoenix (CNN) – Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, briefed GOP contender Rick Santorum on his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversial law enforcement official told reporters Tuesday.

After a speech to a Republican gathering in Phoenix where Santorum appeared earlier in the day, Arpaio explained he wanted to inform the candidate of his investigation "as a matter of fairness in case he wouldn't want me to support him."

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Arpaio said he plans to endorse one of the four remaining GOP candidates in the coming weeks. But the sheriff added he would not make his choice known before he announces the findings of his birth certificate probe at a news conference set for March 1st. This endorsement would be his second in the race; in November 2011, he endorsed then-candidate Rick Perry.

Santorum, he said, seemed to have no problem with the nature of his investigation.

"He had no problems with what I told him that I may be doing," Arpaio told reporters.

The sheriff said he is conducting the investigation after receiving requests from "the tea party."

Arpaio added he believes he is doing the president a favor.

"I really started this on the theory that maybe I could clear this mess up," Arpaio told reporters. "Wouldn't it be nice for me to do that?"

The White House released the president's birth certificate last year. Officials in Hawaii where Obama was born have verified its authenticity.

A federal Department of Justice investigation into Arpaio's office made public in December described "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos at MCSO that reaches the highest levels of the agency."

He dismissed the allegations as a politically-driven "witch hunt."

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Joe Arpaio • Rick Santorum
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. speedy

    Correction: The White House released the president's 'obviously fake computer-generated and photoshopped with a smiley face on the bottom and multiple layers' birth certificate last year. Not authentic. Bo, is still not a natural born citizen because his father was never a citizen of this country. Bo is a usurper who was born a British subject no matter where he was born.

    February 21, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Indy

    Was there a crime commited against the Tea Party ? Who paid for this investigation ? What gives Joe Tea Party Arpaio the right to conduct an investigation into the President of the United States, was the FBI,CIA,Secret Service,Republican Party investigation not good enough for the racist Sherriff ? What the hell gives these days

    February 21, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. lgny

    On the birth cert. only two things matter.
    1. It is not a forgery.
    2. The State of Hawaii issued it and certifies it as correct.

    Everything else is irrelevant and no other state has the legal right to challenge it.

    February 21, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. gary

    All this guy is missing is his white robe and pointed hat. His last endorsement (Perry) didn't last very long in the race so I guess he is going to embrace someone else. The population of Arizone and the majority of the United States don't give a crap about what he says. His investigation will come up with the same results as Trump's investigators he sent to Hawaii. Nothing, and he, like Trump, will not have the guts to go on TV and state his findings. Still waiting for Trump's facts. The both of them just cannot stand the fact that they hate blacks and especially President Obama.

    February 21, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Frank

    Joe Arpaio + Rick Santorum = 2 more klansmen in nice suits.

    February 21, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. azwi

    CNN should even give Arpaio a minute of airtime. The guys is just a racist and a bigot. It won't belong before Arpaio is indicted, tried, and jailed himself!

    February 21, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Larry L

    The evil nature of the right-wing continues. Arizona has become just another hateful, bigoted "red state" and it's leaders represent everything that's wrong with the Republican Party. I visited Sedona once and considered retirement in that area. As I've watched the State operate it's political systems for the last few years I now know I could never live in a place so deeply founded in hate and ignorance.

    February 21, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Maurice

    "A federal Department of Justice investigation into Arpaio's office made public in December described "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos at MCSO that reaches the highest levels of the agency."

    He dismissed the allegations as a politically-driven "witch hunt." SO SHERIFF ARPAIO WOULD YOU CALL THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, "POLITICALLY -DRIVEN? As a republican, this kind of evil, lying low down dirty tactics will make us lose the election. We cant win with this evil behavior.

    February 21, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Reggie from LA

    The birth certificate thing AIN'T a "politically-driven "witch hunt"? We're really going all out on this Santorum assault on a corrupt America campaign. Wonder if he knows anything about leadership. Santorum hasn't said much about that. Seems like he's just gone vicious. Wonder if there's a fix for his ailments. Things coming out of his mouth just don't make much sense, but what can be said, people are cheering.

    February 21, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Ben

    Wait, people still believe this bs? Ohh that is right, releasing his birth certificate was never going to be enough, the right just can't handle that he is President, just listen to their potential nominees, they are jokes, and so is this former DC cop.

    February 21, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This should be stopped. There is no need to continue to look into Obama and where he was born. It has been proven to all reasonable people that he was born in Hawaii.

    February 21, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Why would a sheriff in Arizona take the time and effort to follow up on the "birthing" issue to help Santorum?// Guess Santorum is running out of ideas on how to make himself the "bigger' fool. If this issue hasn't been brought to a close by now, then he should believe the truth and find something else to throw at the president or have they just run out of ideas???

    February 21, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Yo, Sheriff, if there was any truth to the whole birther nonsense, then why didn't the GOP prove it in a court of law back in 2008? You do remember, don't you, that they wanted McCain to win, right?

    Arpaio: What a sack of horse droppings ....

    February 21, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. The Unsub

    These folks are A-1 CRAZY!!!!

    February 22, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. Thomas

    Phoenix (CNN) – Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, briefed GOP contender Rick Santorum on his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversial law enforcement official told reporters Tuesday.

    What a wast of tax payer money. Imagine if the President investigated Arpaio and Santorum.

    February 22, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. larry

    The tea party has requested the sheriff to look into this.On my dime using resource made available to him through the sheriffs dept.while hes on the clock.Surely not.May I remind him that he works for the state of Arizona,Which is part of the United States of America Where Mr Obama is president.Why is he taking work orders from the Tea Party.Please tell me he's not,not on my dime

    February 22, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. enuff

    This sheriff has been known to demonstrate bias against other nationalities. Sounds like he is the one on a witch hunt because he was exposed first. The hate of the t-party is so evident that they can't let this go no matter what evidence is given. Even Donald Trump has shut up about it after he announced he was going to be "the one" to expose the b-certificate. If they are so determined to find dirt, why aren't they looking elsewhere instead of beating a dead horse?

    February 22, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. enuff

    Of course Santorum wouldn't have a problem with under the table politics. It keeps his hands clean. But don't you think that IF the sheriff knows something scandelous, wouldn't the republican\tea party be screaming for its release immediately instead of waiting until March 1st? How does that help any of their chances?

    February 22, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. Laciudad

    If Santorum follows this moron aka Joe Arpaio! tell you what Rick you are done!!

    February 22, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  20. Truthsayer

    LOL, still with the birther nonsense... When will people learn these folks are simply not sane?

    February 22, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    If he's a republican he cannot conduct a fair and impartial/ non partisan investigation.
    Here endeth the first lesson in democracy.
    How many people does he need to certify how many documents and how on earth does he believed everything was forged and were forged including dated newspaper announcements so that Obama could become President as he exited the womb.
    This is potential conspiracy loving gone mad.
    If the media stopped reporting these lies maybe he and his organisation would stop wasting money.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    February 22, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  22. steve

    While Arpaio is investigating Obama's birth "to clear up this mess" for the tea party patriots,the Justice Department is investigating his office for discrimination. Priceless – who could have invented something so bizarre? Is it part of Trump's Keystone Kop investigation? Too bad O.J. is incarcerated, he could fit in with Arpaio's investigative team of yahoos too.

    February 22, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. J-NW

    This is hilarious.. I thought law enforcement bureaus required IQs of at least 90.

    February 22, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  24. Jack B. Nimble

    "The White House released the president's birth certificate last year. Officials in Hawaii where Obama was born have verified its authenticity."

    The White House released a photoshopped facsimile of a Certificate of Live Birth. All experts say it is a forgery. No one has verified ANYTHING - this is the problem.
    No matter whether Obama was born in Hawaii are not, his father was a citizen of another country - this alone makes Obama constitutionally ineligible to hold the office.
    Everybody knows it. Stop with the shame.

    February 22, 2012 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Not all republicans are bigots, but all bigots are republicans. T-Rump played the birther card, and the GOP loved him for two weeks until they realized he had nothing, and was trying to get NBC to renew his comedy show.

    February 22, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
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