President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.
The White House said the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County was a "worthy candidate" for a presidential pardon.
Arizona leaders, and the former sheriff himself, turned to Twitter on Friday afternoon to speak out about the decision.
Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
I am humbled and incredibly grateful to President Trump. I look fwd to putting this chapter behind me and helping to #MAGA— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
I also thank my loyal supporters, who stood shoulder to shoulder w/ me in this fight, and throughout my career. For those who are asking . .— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
..how they can con't to help, a donation to my Legal fund go directly to paying off legal fees from this fight https://t.co/wM6SDLLxEN— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump is a coward. He waited till a Friday evening as a hurricane distracts America to pardon his racist friend.— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio does not deserve a pardon. His whole life he has acted with the liberty of being above the law. Now Trump proves that right.— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) August 26, 2017
I am dismayed by the President's decision to pardon Joe Arpaio. Arpaio hurt Arizonans & cost taxpayers a great amount of grief & money. 1/2— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) August 26, 2017
He should be held accountable. No one is above the law. 2/2— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) August 26, 2017
The president has again acted in support of illegal immigration enforcement practices that target people of color. pic.twitter.com/2mzMrGj2tz— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 26, 2017
Just received word that Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a pardon from @POTUS. The Rule of Law still stands.— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) August 26, 2017