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US Attorney's office closes investigation into MCSO, MCAO

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The feds have dropped their investigation against Sheriff Joe Arpaio into whether he mismanaged tens of millions of dollars and went after some of his political enemies.

Sheriff Arpaio has been at the center of several investigations over the past few years -- everything from charges that he abused his power, to accusations that his department racially profiled Hispanics.

But Friday, one of the biggest investigations into him and his department is over. It's an investigation that's been going on for years until now.

The U.S. Attorneys Office announced Friday they have a high burden of proof and there isn't enough evidence to go forward.

We just talked to Sheriff Arpaio. He was on a plane coming home from the Republican National Convention when he got the news.

"I never had any doubts and I'm happy the department of justice cleared my office from any abuse of power," said Sheriff Arpaio. "If I did something wrong there would be indictments floating all over the place… the bottom-line is we were cleared."

County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox calls herself one of Arpaio's victims.

"I said, oh my God, I can't believe it I was floored."

She claims she was improperly investigated and says the FBI interviewed her a few times. She was shocked they didn't call to tell her the investigation was going to be dropped.

"Obviously these people don't live in Arizona and didn't feel what we felt," said Wilcox. "I'm going to demand questions I'm going to call the president and Eric Holder and say 'what is behind this!'"

"I have always felt that you can trust the U.S. Justice Department. Today I am very much doubting that."

"It's really sad to say that, you know that she didn't like the results, so that's sad," said Arpaio.

While this investigation is closed, the feds are still looking into whether Arpaio violated civil rights by racial profiling. A verdict is pending in a civil lawsuit also alleging racial profiling.

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