Former Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio has earned a reputation as one of America's most controversial sheriffs for his stances on illegal immigration and crime. But Tuesday night won't be a good one for this Arizona sheriff as Donald Trump makes his way to the southern border to hold a campaign style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Despite briefly considering the possibility, Donald Trump will likely not be pardoning the sheriff on Tuesday night.
During a recent interview with Fox News, Trump announced that he was seriously considering granting a presidential pardon to Sheriff Arpaio, who was recently found in contempt by a federal judge for failing to halt targeted traffic stops against illegal immigrants. It was speculated that Trump might officially announce a pardon in the rally Tuesday night.
"I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio," remarked President Trump to Fox News on Sunday. "He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He's a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him."
According to Townhall, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks was urging the president to follow through with his statement.
"Sheriff Arpaio has been a long-respected member of the law enforcement community who has dedicated his life to keeping Arizona communities safe. He has no prior convictions, no criminal record, no record of wrongs. In his twilight years, he deserves to retire peacefully and enjoy the satisfaction of a hard-earned and honorable retirement," Franks said in a statement. “Let us have an honest moment – this has been a political prosecution from the beginning. The real reason Arpaio is in legal trouble right now is because a Clinton-appointed judge decided to issue a judgment that contradicted every single witness that testified in the case."
Arpaio faces up to six months in prison and will be sentenced in October unless Trump steps in. But according to Fox News, the White House has stated that President Trump will not be pardoning Arpaio at the Phoenix rally. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that he doesn't plan on pardoning the sheriff, but he likely will not be doing it on Tuesday night.
"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One that there would be no discussion of a pardon and no action taken on that front at any point on Tuesday," writes Fox News.
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