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Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 25, 2017  | 

President Donald Trump has pardoned former Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his criminal contempt conviction.

The White House announced the pardon Friday evening in a news release that recounted Arpaio's lengthy career of "admirable service" in federal and local law enforcement and called him "a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."

Reached moments after the announcement, Arpaio told the Arizona Republic, "I'm very appreciative of the president issuing that pardon. It shows how he backs up law enforcement."

Arpaio, who lost a 2016 reelection bid ending 24 years in office, also hinted at a political comeback: "I don't know what I'm going to do politically. I told my wife that I was through with politics. But now I've decided I'm not through with politics because of what's happening. I didn't ask for a pardon. It has nothing to do with a pardon. I've been saying this for the last couple of months. I've got a lot to offer."

Arpaio, 85, was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, and was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. He faced up to six months in jail.

Comments (11)

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Roger @ 8/25/2017 6:25 PM

Great decision. God bless Joe🇺🇸

John @ 8/25/2017 9:05 PM

Good! It was a political stunt to take him out under Obama's administration! The new Sheriff is not that great!

jim @ 8/25/2017 9:14 PM

Good news. F-U obama! We need more people in this country like Trump and Sheriff Joe who have a spine and a set of balls.

Corporal James Barth @ 8/25/2017 9:47 PM

Three cheers to President Trump for giving Sheriff Arpaio a pardon. This action just solidifies the fact that President Trump supports Law Enforcement. Congratulations Sheriff Arpaio, keep fighting the good fight sir.

LEO (RET) @ 8/25/2017 9:47 PM

Kudos to you President Trump. You Da man!! Congratulations Sheriff Joe. Wishing you much success in your future endeavors.

Robert @ 8/26/2017 5:46 AM

Totally agree. Yes it was just a misdemeanor, but it's the point. Sheriff Joe done an awesome job of cleaning up and removing the illegals and I would bet there were very few repeat offenders. Thanks President Trump for standing up for what is protecting America!

Dave Johnson @ 8/26/2017 7:09 AM

Sherriff Joe has always looked out for the citizens of our very large Maricopa County. He certainly is very worthy of a pardon from our super President.

Tom @ 8/26/2017 11:10 AM

This is the difference between a Real American President (Trump) and a socialist pawn like odumba or hilary...Sheriff Joe is a hero who refused to NOT DO HIS DUTY...WE need to rid D.C. of liberals, socialists and rhinos...Thank you Mr. President for backing Law Enforcement and thank you Sheriff Joe for your service and fortitude...

Steve @ 8/26/2017 1:32 PM

Excellent decision and thank you President Trump! Sheriff Joe is a hero to many!!

Carl @ 8/27/2017 6:01 AM

Unlike other pardons of life long criminals, Joe has gone far above his pay grade in enforcing federal law. He did not write the law but he was not scared to enforce any law. Obama first set in motion so many racist, biased statements and actions and further more his cowardice stance on our southern border. Cudos to Joe who made criminals scared to go to jail.

Wayne McClard @ 8/27/2017 5:54 PM

Joe Arpaio was one of very few if not the only sheriff' who actually had the balls to enforce law and not cower beneath the Politically Correct Dept Of Justice under the previous Dummycrat administration. Law enforcement does not need to be kinder gentler. It does not need to be harder meaner. Law enforcement simply needs to enforce the law as it reads in it's current form without exception. It should not be ignored for the sake of politics, personal benefit or ones belief that it should not be enforced. Sheriff Joe is a hero and deserves to retire in peace with the thanks of a grateful nation.

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