By Jerome Corsi - World Net Daily
Maverick Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his "Cold Case Posse" investigating Barack Obama's presidential eligibility will release a preliminary report in February of its findings, which he expects to be "controversial."
Arpaio's investigative team has amassed hundreds of pages of documentation and taken testimony from dozens of experts in preparation for a final phase of field investigation
On Tuesday, Arpaio posted on his Facebook page a reference to a Globe Magazine report citing inside sources in the White House who say Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are in "a panic" over the Maricopa County investigation.
The reaction to Arpaio's posting indicates public interest in the probe is high, despite relatively little coverage by establishment media.
Since Tuesday, Arpaio's Facebook posting has received more than 7,900 "like this" clicks from readers, 780 shares and over 1,700 comments.
Arpaio also continues to receive messages of a different sort, with numerous death threats arriving at his office for his decision to investigate Obama's eligibility.
"I plan to kill Joe Arpaio first," read one particularly ominous death threat. "He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this -- Arpaio won't **** with Obama."
Maricopa County Deputy Chief David Trombi told WND that all death threats are being thoroughly investigated, with the intent to hold the culprits legally responsible for their actions.
"We can't take the risk of ignoring a threat, regardless how wild or crazy the threat may appear," Trombi said.
Arpaio, who has built a national reputation as a tough enforcer of Arizona's immigration laws, is no stranger to death threats.
"The threats regarding the Obama investigation may set a new standard for partisanship, but they are nothing new," Trombi said. "Four separate Mexican drug cartels have placed bounties totaling $4 million on his head. That's about as serious as you can get, and the sheriff has had to live with this for years."
Arpaio, nevertheless, is determined to bring the Obama investigation to a successful conclusion.
"The American people deserve to know the truth about Obama," Arpaio said. "We are a major law enforcement agency -- one of the largest in the nation -- and we have at our disposal investigative tools not generally available, even to the top private investigator in the country. We don't plan to stop until we discover the truth."