Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman who recently created a “Cold Case Posse” to probe the authenticity of Barack Obama’s purported birth certificate, knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to investigate the president.

Jerome Corsi addressing the Sarasota Patriots in Sarasota, Fla., Sept. 28, 2011

That according to New York Times best-selling author Jerome Corsi, who addressed a crowd of several hundred in Sarasota, Fla., tonight.

“What is happening right now is that there is the beginning, the first law-enforcement investigation that the birth certificate released by Obama is a forgery,” Corsi told the Sarasota Patriots.

“Everyone should know that when Joe Arpaio made this decision, he made it knowing what he was doing, and intending to have it be a serious investigation. The White House is trying to minimize it, the left trying to attack it.

“But I think what Joe Arpaio is doing is going to sweep across the United States, with the result that is ultimately going to lead to a criminal investigation at the highest levels of government. I’m willing to predict that tonight and I think when you see the evidence … you’re going to realize President Obama, by forging a birth certifcate and lying, has only dug himself a much deeper hole.”

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Corsi says Arpaio and his associates looked at the evidence of potential fraud in Obama’s documents for two weeks before deciding to create the Cold Case Posse, and he did it because citizens of Maricopa County, Ariz., felt their “their voting rights would be compromised” if a candidate on the ballot were not legally qualified to be there.

“I think as we investigate this, we have a situation where it may be a felony, which certainly falls within the category of high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Corsi. “Also, I think with Obama knowing where we’re proceeding, the fact that WND and I am not giving up, that we’re continuing to press forward, that Joe Arpaio’s investigation is coming forward, I think it’s possible that Obama may ultimately decide not to run for re-election.”

“The question of ‘Where’s the real birth certificate?’ is really ‘What’s the identity of Barack Obama?'” Corsi continued. “Three years into the presidency, we really don’t know who this guy is, and he’s not about to tell us.”

The author and investigative reporter stressed he was not acting out of any preference for the Republican Party.

“My goal is not electing Republicans,” he said. “I think Marco Rubio is an excellent senator in this state,” Corsi explained, but because Rubio’s parents were not U.S. citizens when he was born, he’s “equally ineligible” to be president because he’s not a “natural-born citizen.”

“We’re gonna press to hold Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal to the same standards we’re gonna hold Barack Obama to. This is not a personal attack on Obama. I don’t necessarily even dislike him. In fact, I’d like him to stay around a bit longer and I’ll write more books.”

Sheriff Arpaio recently appeared on an Arizona television station to stand by his actions probing Obama’s alleged birth certificate, which can be seen here:

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