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Despite having lost his election last month, Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona has no plans of going away quietly. The hard-nosed lawman is holding a news conference on Thursday afternoon to announce the newest information he has gathered about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
ABC15 News in Phoenix will carry the news conference tomorrow live online at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Arpaio did not provide any details about his newest revelation but it’s impossible to forget what he said 4 years ago: “I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.”
Arpaio was a big supporter of Donald Trump during the 2016 primary season because of the President-elect’s hawkish views on immigration. But unlike Arpaio, Trump dropped the birth certificate issue during the 2016 campaign and said he believes President Obama is an American citizen born in Hawaii.
Sheriff Joe has constantly been at odds with the Obama administration in recent years. The White House does not agree with Arpaio’s commitment to uphold immigration laws. Thus, the sheriff faces criminal contempt charges for allegedly ignoring federal court orders regarding the practices of his department. However, today federal prosecutors dropped felony charges against Arpaio related to his refusal to turnover computer hard drives. Even so, he will face a misdemeanor criminal contempt trial in April 2017.
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