Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio unveiled preliminary results of an investigation aimed to determine the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
The 10-page report completed by members of Arpaio’s volunteer cold-case posse, and made public at a news conference Thursday, states that there is probable cause to believe Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House last year, is a computer-generated forgery.
“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. “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, who has been subject of a federal investigation himself -for alleged civil and human rights violations and for abuse of power- said he’d like Congress to launch a query to determine Obama’s birth certificate authenticity. The controversial sheriff clarified he is not alleging fraud on Obama’s part, but affirmed there is evidence of crimes committed on the issuing of the cited document and assured his investigation will continue.
For the past four years, questions about Obama’s birth certificate have been a constant in the media despite repeated denials by the White House and the release of a certificate of live birth during the 2008 campaign, and the long-form certificate in April of last year, as evidence he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
Arpaio’s investigators said the image of the president’s birth certificate appears to be computer generated, rather than having been originally made on paper and then scanned, and also said they have identified “a person of interest” in this matter. Additionally, the investigation raised questions about the legitimacy of Obama’s selective service registration card.