Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "Cold Case Posse" is claiming to have explosive new proof that President Barack Obama is ineligible to serve as president. According to a recent report with WorldNetDaily, the Maricopa County sheriff's associate said they would release the birther evidence at a press conference on July 17.
"I can’t disclose to you what we’ve discovered, but it’s going to be a shocking revelation at our press conference,” Mike Zullo, head of the "Cold Case Posse," told a Tea Party radio program in an interview, according to WorldNetDaily.
Arpaio and his Arizona cohorts have made this promise before. Amid allegations of civil rights violations from the Justice Department earlier this year, the controversial lawman created a media spectacle when he held a press conference for his volunteer force to unveil the supposed groundbreaking findings of their birther probe.
At the event, Arpaio claimed the preliminary results of the investigation had provided probable cause to believe that Obama's long-form birth certificate -- released by the White House last April -- as well as other official documents belonging to the president, were computer-generated forgeries.
"We don't know who the perpetrators are of these documents," Arpaio said at the time, clarifying that he didn't think the president himself was responsible for the act.
"I'm not going after Obama," Arpaio continued. "I'm just doing my job."
Arpaio's "Cold Case Posse" has drawn criticism both for its mission and the way it has been conducted. The Arizona Republic reported this year that the group had contracted the help of a taxpayer-funded deputy, who at one point joined an investigator in Hawaii at a cost of $10,000.
While the undertaking was initially supposed to be funded by private donations, that plan was recently disrupted when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to reject a $5,000 contribution to cover costs. Arpaio's critics on the board argued that he needed to be held accountable for using taxpayer money.
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