Joe Arpaio, Arizona Sheriff, Calls On Obama To Release Birth Certificate Microfiche

11/02/2011 04:44 pm ET | Updated Jan 02, 2012

Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio called on President Barack Obama to release the microfiche of his birth certificate in an interview Tuesday with the Phoenix New Times.

The White House released Obama's long-form birth certificate online in April. Prior to that, the Obama campaign released a copy of his certificate of live birth online.

Despite that evidence, Arpaio wants to see the microfiche of Obama's birth certificate. He claims that the birth of a pair of twins one day after Obama in the same hospital can be seen on microfiche filed with the Hawaii Department of Health. According to Arpaio, if the twins' records are available on microfiche, Obama's should be too, and should put to rest rumors that the White House doctored the copies of Obama's birth certificate it released earlier this year.

"To help the president of the United States, let's go to the microfiche," he said. "All you have to do if you're the president is go to the Department of Health, or whatever, and release the microfiche," he added.

Arpaio created a "Cold Case Posse" to investigate Obama's birth certificate. He added to The New Times that the investigation is a "priority right now."

He talked about his "Posse" last month at a Tea Party meeting where he was a guest speaker. "I can't tell you everything, but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can't talk too much about it. It's in the process," he said. "Birther queen" Orly Taitz also showed up at the meeting to press Arpaio to investigate the birth certificate issue more vigorously.

Arpaio said in September that his "posse" costs nothing to taxpayers and is made up of "ex-cops and some lawyers."

Prior to the long-form birth certificate being released online, former Atlantic correspondent Josh Green wrote about how to investigate Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii last April. His advice: Go to the state library, find the two contemporaneous birth announcements in local newspapers on microfiche and cross-check the address with the city directory. He said that requesting a copy of the birth certificate was not possible due to federal privacy laws.

Arpaio is better known for his tough stance on immigration enforcement. He has undertaken immigration sweeps in predominately Latino areas seeking out traffic violators and other offenders. He is also under investigation by a federal grand jury for abuse of power allegations.