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Trump said to be mulling pardon for Sheriff Joe

“I might do it right away, maybe early this week”

(National SentinelExecutive Branch: For decades Joe Arpaio had been known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” until the age of Obama when he became branded as “America’s Most Racist Sheriff,” then charged and convicted according to the 44th president’s racial sensitivities.

As sheriff of Maricopa County, Arpaio drew a reputation — and unwanted attention — as being an uber-hawk on illegal immigration. Now, he has an immigration ally in the White House who could make his current legal troubles disappear.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president told Fox News on Sunday at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “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.”

Trump said the pardon could come soon.

“I might do it right away, maybe early this week,” Trump said. “I am seriously thinking about it.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt last month by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Arpaio, 85, said he would appeal the ruling.

The New York Times noted:

The criminal charge grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

Told that Trump was considering pardoning him, Arpaio said it was the first he’d heard of it.

“I would never ask him for a pardon, especially if it causes heat. I don’t want to do anything that would hurt the president,” Arpaio said.

Sounds like he might not have to ask.

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