Sheriff Arpaio responds to possibility of being pardoned by President Trump

Posted at 8:39 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 08:23:06-04

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is speaking out to ABC15 for the first about the possibility President Donald Trump may pardon him.

Last month, Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court for failing to follow a judge's orders to stop his immigration patrols. 

In a phone interview with ABC15, Arpaio said he could not confirm whether he's spoken to the Commander in Chief or his camp about the possibility of a pardon, but he did say he'd accept it if it was given to him.

"I would appreciate it," Arpaio said. "I didn't ask him, but I'm not turning it down."

The former sheriff went on to say he's been a supporter of Mr. Trump's since the start and that won't be changing anytime soon.

"I have deep respect for the President. I've been with him since Day One and I'll be with him until the end. Period."

No word yet on when President Trump would announce his decision.

Trump is set to hold a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center next Tuesday.

ABC15 also spoke with Arpaio's attorney. His attorney has filed two motions - one to get a new trial and another to get him acquitted.