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Hawaii AG Refutes Arizona Sheriff’s Birther Claim

The Hawaii Attorney General’s Office issued a statement Tuesday afternoon (July 17) in response to charges from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he says casts doubt on the authenticity of Barack Obama's birth certificate.

As detailed in news reports, including this one from a Phoenix TV station, Arpaio says he has uncovered evidence that the certificate is a forgery. The sheriff also criticized Hawaii Health Department regulations for obtaining copies of the certificate as “lax.”

Joshua Wisch, special assistant to the Hawaii AG, issued a detailed response.

Excerpts:

The State of Hawaii has repeatedly confirmed the indisputable evidence of President Obama’s birth in Hawaii. …

President Obama was born in Honolulu, and his birth certificate is valid. …

Regarding the latest allegations from a sheriff in Arizona, they are untrue, misinformed, and misconstrue Hawaii law. …

Not only are Hawaii’s vital records some of the best managed, but they also have some of the strongest restrictions on access to prevent identity theft and fraud. 

Photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio courtesy Gage Skidmore.

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