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Will Trump attaboy turn into cash for Arpaio probe?
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/26/2012 @ 10:20 pm In Politics,U.S. | No Comments
In addition to going to Hawaii to gain access to documents to assist in his investigation of Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president, perhaps Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should send his Cold Case Posse to New York City to solicit a donation from Donald Trump.
That was the suggestion of Steve Malzberg, guest host on yesterday’s Morning Show program at KTSA Radio, San Antonio.
Arpaio was being interviewed on the Trey Ware Morning Show about the progress in his investigation. Noting that his investigative team, made up of volunteer attorneys and ex-law enforcement personnel, were making headway, he took a swipe at critics who accused him of using taxpayer money by sending a deputy to Hawaii to provide security for the Posse members.
“I’m taking all the heat for using taxpayers’ money. I can’t believe this,” Arpaio said. “The Posse’s donations pay [for the trip to Hawaii]. … The Posse’s paying for the deputy, too.”
He continued: “So why is this most critical critical of investigations … why is everybody shifting to me as to why I sent a deputy down there and cost the taxpayers’ money when we are investigating two fraudulent documents, the Selective Service card that the president filled out and also the birth certificate. And everybody’s complaining. These are felonies. These are serious crimes.”
When guest host Malzberg shifted his questioning to Donald Trump’s earlier interest in Obama’s eligibility, Arpaio stated Trump had earlier been in contact with him regarding the current investigation.
“He sent me a little note after he saw we were onto something, congratulating me for taking this on,” said Arpaio. “So, he’s been quiet in all this, all at once with all the publicity directed toward me, now he sent a note saying, ‘Thanks.’ Now that’s good. … He knew we were doing it for quite a while, but the note came recently. I guess he figures I’m on to something.”
As WND reported, Michael Cohen, a top aide to Trump, confirmed that “The Donald” personally penned a handwritten note of congratulations to Arpaio following the Maricopa County sheriff’s Cold Case Posse news conference March 1 in Phoenix.
“Would you think of asking him for financial support if you needed that to continue the investigation?” asked Malzberg.
“You know, that’s a good point,” said Arpaio. “You know, maybe somebody should ask him. Maybe he should volunteer.”
Malzberg pressed Arpaio as to whether the sheriff himself would solicit Trump for funding for the investigation.
“Would you ask him, Sir?” he asked.
“Oh, I don’t if I want to get involved asking him,” said Arpaio. “That’s something the Posse can do. I’m not out soliciting money for my posse. They handle the donations. They spent $40,000 — all donated money — and this investigation could have cost $250,000.”
Malzberg pushed again.
“I’m just saying if you needed the money, I mean if the Posse ran out of money and they were onto something, since he sent you a note, might you write him back … and say, ‘Hey, you know, we’d like to continue. Would you support us?’ Would you consider doing that?
“Well, I may not do it, but that’s not a bad idea. We could still use money for this investigation,” Arpaio replied.
Malzberg also asked Arpaio if he thought the Justice Department’s charges and investigation of Arpaio was fueled by his own investigation into Obama’s eligibility for office.
“Oh, I don’t know,” said Arpaio. “They’ve been investigating me 100 days after the president took office. They started a civil rights investigation, alleging racial profiling, and the strange thing is that they finally sued me just recently. I guess it must be a political year.
“As far as the birth certificate investigation, I started that in August. Of course the Department of Justice came down in December with their big press conference about alleged racial profiles. I don’t know. I really don’t think so, but you never know what the White House is going to do.”
Listen to the entire interview here.
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