CNN anchor Jake Tapper ripped into Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Thursday, excoriating Arpaio for daring to call President Obama’s birth certificate a forgery.

On CNN’s “The Lead,” Tapper said, “You’ve trafficked in this rather preposterous notion that Obama was not born in the United States and that he may have forged his birth certificate that he released.”

He continued, “Why would you risk your credibility on issues you care about – like illegal immigration, like law enforcement – by getting involved in this nonsense?”

“What do you mean ‘risk’?” Arpaio asked. “I’m the chief law enforcement officer elected by the people. I have a right to investigate and speak out. I’m not talking about where he came from. I don’t care where he came from. We’re working on a fraudulent, forged government document. That’s what we are doing.”

Tapper interjected, “You’re maintaining that the birth certificate that the president of the United States revealed and released to the public, you’re maintaining that that is fraudulent?”

“That’s right,” Arpaio responded.

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The CNN host asked, “Is there anyone, any credible law enforcement person outside of you and your organization and your contractors, who has any agreement with you on this?”

“No, they haven’t looked at it,” Arpaio said. “What, are you kidding? I’m probably the only law enforcement official who has looked into it. Nobody looks into it. They shy away from it.”

Once again, a flustered Tapper interrupted: “Because the president was born in Hawaii.”

“I don’t care where he was born,” Arpaio replied. “I’m talking about a fraudulent government document, a birth certificate. That’s all I’m concerned with. That’s a violation of the law.”

Tapper further questioned the sheriff, asking if he came to his conclusion because “there are glitches in some of the printing.”

Sheriff Joe said he wouldn’t “get into all the technical details” at that moment, but he added: “I’ve been around a long time. I’m not stupid enough to even talk to you about it if I didn’t think there was a lot of smoke and fire there.”

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As WND reported on July 5, Arpaio affirmed he is “pretty well convinced” Obama’s birth certificate, as released by the White House in 2011, is a “fraudulent, fake document.”

“I’ve been in law enforcement 55 years,” stated Arpaio. “I think I know a fraudulent, fake document. I’m not a computer expert. I rely on my people. But I’m pretty well convinced it’s a fake document.”

The sheriff was being interviewed for “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.

Listen to “Aaron Klein Radio” clip of Joe Arpaio discussing Obama’s birth certificate:

During the interview, Arpaio brought up the birth certificate.

Arpaio’s office has been investigating the birth certificate since 2011.

Arpaio’s statements prompted Klein to ask for an update on his team’s investigation into the long-form birth certificate document, posted April 27, 2011 as a PDF file on the White House website.

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Arpaio told Klein that “once again nobody wants to look at it right now.”

“So it’s not my problem. I did my job.”

Obama’s qualification for president as a “natural born citizen” has been challenged in court since before he was first elected in 2008. The White House finally relented in 2011 and posted a birth certificate, but Arpaio’s investigative team concluded it is a forgery.

Arpaio’s appointed lead investigator on the birth-certificate case, Mike Zullo, has been promising the release of “universe-shattering” information regarding the document.

“When this information is finally exposed to the public, it will be universe-shattering. This is beyond the pale of anything you can imagine,” he told WND in a December 2013 interview.

Earlier this month, Zullo told WND his Cold Case Posse team must resolve three legal issues before the new evidence can be revealed.

“We’ve cleared two, and the last one is problematic,” Zullo said.

“If we can’t clear it, it may preclude this information from ever reaching the light of day. It may prevent me from ever disclosing what this is. But it does not mean we are not cultivating new evidence.”

Zullo explained that when he said in 2013 he was preparing to release the information, he anticipated “we were going to have these answers within weeks.”

“As this was progressing, the legal issues started coming up, and it’s just put everything on hold,” he said.

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Zullo has testified that the White House computer image of Obama’s birth certificate contains anomalies that are unexplainable unless the document had been fabricated piecemeal by human intervention, rather than being copied from a genuine paper document.

See some of Zullo’s evidence:

Zullo has noted that Reed Hayes, a document examiner who has served as expert witness for Seattle law firm Perkins Coie – the firm that flew an attorney to Honolulu to personally deliver two paper copies of the birth certificate to the White House – has concluded in a signed affidavit that the document posted on the White House website is “entirely fabricated.”

The White House also has never verified the authenticity of a letter purportedly sent by President Obama to the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu in which he declares the center to be “the place of my birth.”

A letter purportedly signed by Barack Obama indicating the president's claim he was born at the Kapiolani Center for Women and Children in Honolulu.

A letter purportedly signed by Barack Obama indicating the president’s claim he was born at the Kapiolani Center for Women and Children in Honolulu.

There also remains a mystery as to why Obama is using a possibly fraudulent Connecticut-based Social Security Number, when he and his parents never resided in the Constitution State.

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