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Trump Calls Sheriff Joe Arpaio an ‘American Patriot,’ States He is ‘Seriously Considering’ Presidential Pardon for Criminal Contempt Charges

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Following former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio being found guilty on criminal contempt of court charges two weeks ago, President Trump is now speaking out on the matter and reportedly considering issuing a presidential pardon.

Stating that Arpaio is an ‘American patriot‘ that ‘has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration,’ President Trump stated Sunday that he also hates to ‘see what has happened to him.’

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” President Trump stated bluntly to Fox News.

Arpaio, once nicknamed “America’s toughest sheriff” now faces up to six months in jail for ‘willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order’ to stop his controversial policies regarding ‘patrols’ targeting illegal immigrants.  He is currently set to be sentenced on October 5th.

 

According to Fox News, President Trump explained that should he decide to pardon the former sheriff, the announcement would come in the next few days.

Via Fox News

Arpaio, 85, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of misdemeanor contempt of court for willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order in 2011 to stop the anti-immigrant traffic patrols. Arpaio had maintained the law enforcement patrols for 17 months thereafter.

The man who built a controversial national reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff” admitted he prolonged his patrols, but insisted he did not intend to break the law because one of his former attorneys did not explain to him the full measure of restrictions contained in the court order.

He is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and could face up to six months in jail. However, since he is 85 years old and has no prior convictions, some attorneys doubt he will receive any jail time.

Citing his long service as “an outstanding sheriff,” the president said Arpaio is admired by many Arizona citizens who respected his tough-on-crime approach.

“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?” asked Trump. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”

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  • Sandy Archer

    Absolutely disgusting that this sheriff has gone through hell trying to abide by our immigration laws!! Trump should definitely pardon him.

    • Lowhand45

      Without a Jury.I hope We see the flushing of Obama Appointed Judges Including his SCOTUS Picks.The 9th Circuit are About Activism,not Obeying The US Constitution !

  • TeeJohn the Junkyard Dog

    It has always sounded like a “kangaroo court”. With all the things they have thrown at him, THAT is what sticks?

  • Ron Lowrider

    Joe, needs to be pardoned immediately. No question asked.

  • sportymom5

    Yes, Trump should definitely pardon our courageous Joe Arpaio. He did what was right in protecting the people of his county. Obama appointed judges must not be allowed to carry out Obama’s vendetta against Arpaio. He is a patriot and a very courageous man.

  • Charlotte

    We need 10 thousand like Joe Arpaio He should be given a medal .

  • Sheila Kosowski

    If President Trump does not pardon Sheriff Joe I will be very very disappointed. Sheriff Joe id one of the good guts and one of the Presidents earliest supporters.

    • Lowhand45

      We must pray about this. We now see who are enemies are after Repeal in US Senate. I hope the New RHINO Maricopa CO Sheriff Resigns in Embarrassment as the Hand Picked Judge on this Case.

  • PistolPaKnPoppy

    Sheriff Arpaio is known & respected by more Americans than just Arizonans! He has been on the front lines for most of his career! I applaud what he stands for & for what he did! He, is a GR8 American! People everywhere may not like him but, he wasn’t a LEO so people would like him, he simply enforced the LAW!
    Kudos Sheriff Joe! #MAGA

    • Lowhand45

      Yes sir, I have supported Joe since Border problems while living in WA State and in NV.Now I was Living Temporarily in Pima,hated to leave but Economy slowed me down and laid off.

  • copakeman

    Sheriff Arpaio should have been awarded many medals and citations by the state of Arizona. “judge” bolton is a leftist/socialist/communist who disregarded any evidence confirming sheriff Joe’s innocence of all the accused “crimes”. The ones who belong in prison are bolton, her staff, the prosecutor, all of his stall, and both US senators from Arizona. It is very difficult to believe I would ever say PARDON SHERIFF ARPIAO NOW. Fire 95% of al US judges now.

  • mallen11

    Sheriff Joe has always done the right thing according to the Law of our Land and I pray that President Trump pardons him against the evil judgment by the evil judge.

  • StingraySFO

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio, like all of us in law enforcement upheld the law to the letter. That a lower court judge decided to circumvent the law by ordering him to ‘stand down’ was beyond imagination when considering that no laws were broken, nor even side stepped while doing his duty.
    The overwhelming majority of LEO’s stand fir in their beliefs that laws are laws, made by state and federal legislators, not judges, and that any judge that disregards law should be immediately removed from the bench and disbarred. As that has not been happening, many LEO’s now have resigned, in some cases an entire force in some towns and cities, leaving citizens unprotected from criminal activities.
    The ‘political correctness’ of ‘liberalism’ has gone beyond belief and must be exposed for the self serving ‘righteous’ bigotry that it is. President Trump has an opportunity to do the only correct thing in this case, as well as numerous others where law enforcement officers, AND military personnel in battle acted within the law, and within military ‘rules of engagement’. If he fails to pardon these Americans that only served to protect America, and all we hold dear, he will have let it be known that he cares little for the rule of law! If that’s the case, GOD HELP US, AND AMERICA!

  • Kathryn Galuppo
  • Kathryn Galuppo

    Sheriff Joe is one of the last sheriffs man enough to do what is right. I believe he deserves a
    medal too.

  • Karen G. Mejia

    I so AGREE that Sheriff Arapaio should be pardoned! He never should have been arrested in the first place!! He is a great AMERICAN LAWMAN doing his job to the max! Instead the whiners and cry babies are making him look like a MEAN, uncaring man OGRE!! OMG! Grow UP! We need MORE law men to do their jobs like Sheriff Arapaio and to quit worrying about pandering to the criminal element!!!

  • Liberty

    Pardoned and given an honorary post WITH PAY, to live out what’s left of the retirement years he has spent on the front lines pushing back against criminal trespass. Sheriff Joe spent the bulk of his life fighting for our nation’s security and against the unlawful. The very least America should do is grant him the same. A true patriot, a true hero. Yes, President Trump, please pardon him. Arizona’s liberal judges spat in the face of our sovereignty. Please right this wrong. MAGA.

  • Dean

    YES -HELL YES
    PARDON JOE

  • libsrtheh8ters

    Trump’s DOJ SHOULD have dropped the sickening, politically driven witch hunt against Arpaio as soon as he took office. Instead Sessions appointed leftist Clinton supporter & deep state operative Rod Rosenstein in as his #2, has kept 90% of the Obama DOJ team & has decided to recuse himself from investigating the deep state.

  • wilson

    If anyone should be in prison it is Obama. Obama was sworn to uphold the law of the land but he laughed at that and done what he wanted. Why hasn’t he been convicted? Why hasn’t Hillary been convicted? It seems that only the criminals that are in high office can always get away with things. Joe was enforcing the law so yes, he should be pardoned.

  • Steven Coy

    THE SHERIFF IS A HERO WHO DEFENDED OUR FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS BY STOPPING ILLEGAL ALIEN HERE ILLEGALLY, THAT WHY THEY ARE CALLED ILLEGAL ALIENS !!! TRUMP SHOULD WIPE OUT THIS STAIN ON HIS RECORD BROUGHT BY THE LEFT WING BOLSHEVIK’S WHO ARE DESTROYING US WITH 3RD WORLD IGNORANT DISEASE RIDDEN ILLEGAL ALIENS ND AMERICANS BETTER WAKE UP. WHY DON’ ALL YOU LIBERAL LEFT WING IDIOT GO TO THESE COUNTRIES AND MAKE THEM BETTER SO THEY CAN STAY WHERE THEY BELONG AND STOP RUINING THIS COUNTY OR HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED OUR WAGES AND BENEFITS GOING DOWN THE TOILET AND AMERICANS BEING MURDERED BU THESE ANIMALS !!! 18,000 FAMILIES HAVE LOST SOMEONE TO THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND IF YOU STILL SUPPORT THEM I HOPE SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS MURDERED BY ONE OF THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS OR A MUSLIM TERRORIST !!!!! THEN YOU WILL KNOW HOW IT FEELS !!!! VIETNAM VET

  • Larry Vermont

    I hope that the President pardons the Sheriff. He has done more for protecting our rights then most people have done in a lifetime!

  • Frederick Bolt

    Pardon Joe. It is the right and fair thing to do.

  • William McMichen

    yes pardon JOE and give him a honarary post with a paid retirement to live out his remaining years in peace!!!! Let`s do the right thing for at least one time.

  • NOUNBELIEVER

    do give Joe the security of a pardon…do it now…do not linger do it now

  • John

    YES Pardon him and actually draft him into his Administration. Maybe head of ICE!

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