President Donald Trump did not pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his visit to Arizona Tuesday.
Trump said earlier this month that he was “seriously considering” a pardon.
Trump did address the matter in his rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, hinting toward a potential pardon in the future.
“Was Sheriff Joe doing his job? He should’ve had a jury, but I’ll make a prediction: he’s going to be just fine. But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy," Trump said.
Arpaio, a vocal Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer on Trump’s behalf.
He was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order to stop detaining suspected illegal immigrants. He faces up to six months in prison.
Arpaio previously told ABC15 that he would appreciate a pardon, but that he had not asked Trump for it.