Retired Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been pardoned by President Trump. He was convicted for ‘intentionally disobeying a judge’s order in an immigration case,’ reports MSN.
The pardon came Friday evening. The White House announced that Arpaio — whom was sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County — was a “worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
Of course this wasn’t much of a surprise after Trump, during his rally in Phoenix, gave obvious hints that it was his intention to do so.
“So was Sheriff Joe was convicted for doing his job?” Trump asked supporters. “I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine, OK.”
Via MSN: Arpaio, who became linked to Trump during the campaign for their hardline immigration views, was convicted of a misdemeanor for intentionally defying a judge’s order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Both politicians questioned the authenticity of then-President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and have a similar history in sparring with judges.
The White House said in a statement on Friday evening, “Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”