President Barack Obama’s birth certificate could be a forgery, controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio claims.
Arpaio, who has taken to styling himself as America’s “toughest sheriff”, said that he suspects that Obama’s birth certificate, which was released last year, is a “computer-generated forgery” based on findings from a six-month investigation by his “posse”.
“Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic,” Sheriff Arpaio said at a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday. “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in paper format as claimed by the White House.”
Arpaio may be attempting to question the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate, but the Arizona sheriff says he’s not attempting to question the president’s legal status under the Constitution, nor is he alleging any fraud on Obama’s part. Still, Arpaio believes that there is evidence that crimes have been committed.
“I want to make this perfectly clear. I am not accusing the sitting president of the United States of committing a crime. But there remain a lot of questions which beg for answers and we intend to move forward with this investigation in pursuit of those answers,” Arpaio said.
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