Last week, we reported that Obama had ordered the Department of Justice to observe every raid that his outspoken critic Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his team conducts.
Arpaio has long been a thorn in Obama’s side, stemming back from when he made headlines questioning the president’s birth certificate. This has caused the Obama administration to try to take Arpaio down, and last week, they came one step closer to this goal.
Last Friday, the U.S. Marshall Service raided Arpaio’s office at the Maricopa County Police Department.
According to WND, the raid was ordered by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow after surveillance revealed that the sheriff’s office had failed to hand over more than 1,400 identification documents in a misconduct investigation. Arpaio and his team have been accused of stealing IDs from people during traffic stops and busts of safe houses that are used for illegal-immigrant smuggling.
Arpaio’s lawyer John Masterson has said that the court has no evidence that the IDs were handled improperly.
Reports reveal that Snow is an Obama supporter who has something of a grudge against Arpaio. Three years ago, Arpaio hired private investigator Dennis Montgomery to eavesdrop on Snow’s wife after she was heard making prejudicial statements about the sheriff during the 2012 election. Montgomery is now trying to prove that the federal government is conspiring against Arpaio by pressing the separate civil-rights lawsuit against him for racial profiling. However, because of his history with Arpaio and Montgomery, Snow is delaying the motion to have the investigator intervene.
“The delay in this lawsuit is creating much more than the appearance that this court is working in concert with the American Civil Liberties Union in order to harm defendant Sheriff Joe Arpaio and intervenor Dennis Montgomery, as well as make good on its commitment, expressed by the court’s wife as confirmed by neutral persons, to ‘destroy’ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio so the sheriff cannot be reelected in 2016,” said attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch.
After his office was raided, Arpaio released the following statement:
“I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws as this is the province of the federal government. Rather, I am seeking to have the president and the other defendants obey the U.S. Constitution, which prevents this executive order from having been issued in the first place. This unconstitutional act must be enjoined by a court of law on behalf of not just myself, but all of the American people.”
Clearly, this sheriff isn’t going down without a fight.