FROM ABC 10
President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his criminal contempt conviction, removing the only legal consequences the lawman faced stemming from a long-running racial-profiling suit.
The White House announced the pardon Friday evening in a news release that recounted Arpaio’s lengthy career of “admirable service” in federal and local law enforcement and called him “a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
Reached moments after the announcement, Arpaio said, “I’m very appreciative of the president issuing that pardon. It shows how he backs up law enforcement.”
Arpaio told The Arizona Republic he learned of the pardon at about 4 p.m. from his lawyer, who visited him Friday at Arpaio’s Fountain Hills home. The lawyer delivered Arpaio’s wife, Ava, a birthday gift, and “the other gift was the pardon,” said Arpaio, who added that they planned to celebrate over a dinner of spaghetti with calamari and red wine at a favorite Italian restaurant.
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
Arpaio hints at comeback
Arpaio, who lost a 2016 re-election bid ending 24 years in office, also hinted at a political comeback: “I don’t know what I’m going to do politically. I told my wife that I was through with politics. But now I’ve decided I’m not through with politics because of what’s happening. I didn’t ask for a pardon. It has nothing to do with a pardon. I’ve been saying this for the last couple of months. I’ve got a lot to offer.”
Arpaio, 85, was convicted of……..
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