Over the weekend, we covered the scandal surrounding Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu, who was accused by a former lover of threatening to deport the man if he told anyone about the nature of their relationship. After stepping down from the Romney campaign, Babeu has gone into damage control mode and is directly responding to the allegations.
CNN managed to interview Babeu, who has seemingly changed his story, claiming that he always knew “Jose” was in the country legally and never meant to imply otherwise. He explains that any legal threats he’s made related to Jose’s access to his campaign website and social media accounts:
This is very different from the story that Jose’s lawyer and local reporters are telling. There’s some excerpts from an interview with Jose in the clip below, and some discussion of the allegations with the reporter who broke the story. She describes some of the evidence Jose offered her to bolster his claims:
Babeu’s asked for an independent investigation into the alleged threats (after previously claiming he had no plans to take action). He wants investigators to look into both his alleged intimidation of Jose, and also a series of crimes he claims Jose committed against him, mostly relating to his website.