President Trump says he’s considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently convicted of ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to the outlet.
“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,” the president added.
Arpaio, 85, was charged with criminal contempt last October for ignoring a judge’s order in a racial profiling case. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and could face up to six months in jail.
The former sheriff endorsed Mr. Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in January 2016.
“Donald Trump is a leader. He produces results and is ready to get tough in order to protect American jobs and families. I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration. I know Donald Trump will stand with me and countless Americans to secure our border. I am proud to support him as the best candidate for President of the United States of America,” Arpaio said in a statement at the time.
Arpaio served as sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County from 1993 until this past January.
SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press