Trump Defends Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio, Points to Clinton's and Obama's Pardons

Trump Defends Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio, Points to Clinton's and Obama's Pardons

Trump Defends Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio, Points to Clinton's and Obama's Pardons

"I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally".

"As much as Sheriff Arpaio presented himself as anti-illegal immigrant, it turned out that he was really just anti being a decent human being", Noah said.

President Trump offered a fiery defense on Monday of his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff, as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas last week - and claimed he timed it to attract maximum attention as television viewers were glued to storm coverage.

The president can pardon virtually anyone he wants, which makes it more telling that he chose to wield the power for the first time in favor of Mr. Arpaio, an officer of the law who defied a court order. "And I put it out that I had pardoned, as we call, Sheriff Joe".

Trump also listed several controversial acts of clemency under President Obama, including Puerto Rican militant Oscar López Rivera and WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning.

Arpaio was convicted of violating a federal court order to stop his practice of racial profiling Latinos. "He is loved in Arizona".

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Arpaio, who revelled in his reputation as "America's toughest sheriff", had been due to be sentenced in October.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Trump defended the pardon by bringing up other controversial people Democratic presidents pardoned, including Marc Rich, whom President Bill Clinton pardoned after Rich was indicted on tax evasion charges.

Over the weekend, Trump shared a tweet from Fox News journalist Katie Pavlich which stated that Obama pardoned Manning.

"One way or the other, Mexico's going to pay for the wall", Trump said. Cartwright had pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in another leak case, and he wasn't yet sentenced when he won that pardon from Obama. "Trump said this was a wrongful conviction", said Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

Though some have accused him of trying to announce the pardon at a time when it would fly under the radar, Trump has, in essence, said that he planned for the exact opposite. "I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly".

Although Arpaio previously swore off another candidacy when he left office in January, he said that what he has seen happening in recent months, especially with the president, has him saying, "Hey, why not?"

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