Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse presented their preliminary findings in their investigation of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate in a press conference March 1.
Since then, Surprise Tea Party member Brian Reilly said those findings have not received adequate coverage.
With that in mind, the Surprise and Sun City West Tea Parties will host a second presentation of those findings March 31 at the Church on the Green, with Arpaio and lead investigator Mike Zullo in attendance.
“Right now, we have, in my opinion, a huge constitutional crisis,” Reilly said. “We have a situation involving, potentially, the president of the United States, with documents that are said to be invalid.”
The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church, 19051 R.H. Johnson Blvd. in Sun City West.
It is expected to last about two hours, and Reilly said he encourages anyone to attend.
“We’re hoping 1,000 people will show up,” he said.
In addition to Arpaio and Zullo once again going over the posse’s findings, Reilly said a petition will be circulated and submitted to the state House, Senate and Secretary of State’s office.
The petition will urge one or both legislative bodies to pass a resolution requiring the Democratic National Committee to provide Secretary of State Ken Bennett with documentation satisfactory to Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse, verifying Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of the presidency.
Reilly said the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate is worthy of all the scrutiny the sheriff’s office can bring to it.
“This is bigger than Watergate,” he said. “The only difference between this and Watergate is that President Nixon stepped down because people were told what was going on by the national media. The media is not giving this any coverage whatsoever.”
Reilly said he is grateful for Arpaio’s investigation and happy to have him in the West Valley to discuss the posse’s work.
“This is the first time in the history of the United States that a sheriff has investigated the background of a sitting president,” he said. “This is very serious. And Arpaio, he’s been in law enforcement for 51 years. He knows what he’s doing. This is not a joke.”
The petition will be passed around during the presentation, Reilly said, and attendees will be free to sign it or ignore it.
“It will be a fascinating presentation that the media is not giving coverage to. People are going to learn a lot,” he said.
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