Officials confirm probe of Arpaio, his office

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PHOENIX (AP) — Two top county officials said Thursday night they’ve been subpoenaed to testify next week before a federal grand jury to answer questions about a high-profile Arizona sheriff and his office.

In statements read by a county spokesman, Maricopa County Manager David Smith and Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson said they met with a federal prosecutor to discuss the case and will testify Wednesday.

Wilson says the general subject of inquiry is abuses by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office.

Sandy Raynor, a spokeswoman for the U.S attorney’s office in Phoenix, said she couldn’t confirm or deny a grand jury investigation.

Sheriff’s spokesman Brian Lee says Arpaio is declining to comment on the investigation.

Arpaio gained national attention after aggressively cracking down on illegal immigration.