President Trump doesn't pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio during Phoenix visit

Posted at 1:52 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 00:28:57-04

President Donald Trump did not pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his visit to Arizona Tuesday.

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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.

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