The Associated Press article, “Feds seek records on Arpaio’s investigation involving judge,” isn’t about President Obama’s birth certificate, but it lands squarely in the middle of the Dennis Montgomery, Mike Zullo, Joe Arpaio can of birther worms opened up first by Stephen Lemon of the Phoenix New Times in June of 2014, and now to much wider audience by Judge G. Murray Snow in questioning last month during the Melendres v. Arpaio contempt hearing.
According to the AP report, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking documents given by Montgomery (often called by the press, “the Seattle scammer”) to Arpaio’s team, documents allegedly taken from the CIA that show some kind of conspiracy between the DOJ and Judge Snow (and much more).
Sheriff Arpaio has conceded that the Montgomery material is “junk,” and I suspect the DOJ will do no more than confirm a hoax perpetrated by Montgomery. The request was revealed in a court filing today (29 May 2015) in ECF 1134:
AMENDED NOTICE re: Document Request by the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier this week, the Court-appointed Monitor received a request from the United States Department of Justice to copy the documents and hard drives containing materials that Dennis Montgomery delivered to the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office and that were allegedly harvested from the Central Intelligence Agency. The Department of Justice has requested to copy these hard drives on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 under the supervision of a court-appointed security officer. Should any Party wish to be heard regarding this request or procedure, it should immediately notify the Court with its comments or objections and the reasons therefore. Signed by Judge G Murray Snow on 5/29/2015 (KFZ)
The AP reports:
The sheriff’s office says its lawyer will file an objection to an order by Snow for lawyers to provide input on the documents.