Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is under investigation for tampering with public records in the fall-out of allegations that he threatened his former boyfriend with deportation if their relationship became public.
As the Arizona Republic reports, emails that were requested by the paper related to Babeu were deleted. When questioned about the emails, the Pinal County Sheriff’s office claimed that it was a routine clean up of old emails and that they had been properly archived.
However, when the archives were searched it was discovered that more than 7,000 emails had been deleted.
While IT staff was conducting research before March 7, Behring’s e-mail says, they found a file on a drive that contained 7,220 documents, mostly e-mails. When they went back on March 7, that same file contained only 818 documents.
So, the emails in question were apparently deleted twice.
As we learned from Watergate, it’s usually not the initial act that causes political death, it’s the cover-up.
For a law enforcement officer to engage in his kind of cover-up is not only a violation of law, it’s a violation of he public trust.
Paul Babeu can’t be trusted to be a Congressman.