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Babeu: DOJ Trying to Divert Attention

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The Justice Department's actions against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are an effort to divert attention from the scandal surrounding Operation Fast & Furious, according to Pinal Country Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Sheriff Babeu, who has been vocal about the lack of security on the border, said, "I have little faith and trust in the U.S. Department of Justice after the actions, subsequent cover up and failure to accept responsibility regarding Operation Fast and Furious."

Babeu's reaction, covered by ktar.com, was a statement in support of the embattled Arpaio, who had been a target of the Obama Administration for his efforts to combat illegal immigration.

"Within 12 hours of the Terry family has announcing they want justice against all of those responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the U.S. Department of Justice decides to release their findings from a 3-year-old investigation on MCSO? The timing of the release of the MCSO investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice was only done today in an attempt to take away the negative attention from their responsibilities for Brian's murder and the murders of hundreds of people in Mexico," Babeu added in a statement released to the media.

Operation Fast & Furious had lead to the dismissal of the head of the BATFE and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona.