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Published On: Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

President Trump attacked for pardoning Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Trump announced he has pardoned former Maricopa County, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of racial-profiling against illegal immigrants. Critics wasted no time to attach the President, even calling for impeachment.

Arpaio quickly sent a public thank you to POTUS, tweeting: “I am humbled and incredibly grateful to President Trump. I look fwd to putting this chapter behind me and helping to #MAGA

Joe Arpaio lost his first battle in court, facing accusations of ‘racial profiling’ photo Gage Skidmore

He followed that immediately with two other tweets, the first thanking his supporters and the second linking to his legal defense fund’s site.

Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month, for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case. He was scheduled to be sentenced in early October.
“Not only did [Arpaio] abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise,” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolten wrote in her July 31 order.

 

Two outlets led the call for outrage against Trump, using impeachment in their headlines: “By pardoning Arpaio, Trump excuses law enforcement conduct that is worse than merely illegal; it is unconstitutional. He is telling police departments that targeting a constitutionally protected class of people for disparate treatment can be done with impunity. This undermines the people’s faith in equal protection under the law and constitutional government in general,” the L.A. Times op-ed said.
The Independent went further, finding “law” experts who would speak out against Trump: Professor Redish wrote:  “If the president signals to government agents that there exists the likelihood of a pardon when they violate a judicial injunction that blocks his policies, he can all too easily circumvent the only effective means of enforcing constitutional restrictions on his behaviour. Indeed, the president could even secretly promise a pardon to agents if they undertake illegal activity he desires.“The power of courts to restrain government officers from depriving citizens of liberty absent judicial process is the only meaningful way courts have to enforce important constitutional protections. But if the president can employ the pardon power to circumvent constitutional protections of liberty, there is very little left of the constitutional checks on presidential power.”

In an article for the Slate website, Professor Frank Bowman of the University of Missouri-Columbia said: “The founders included in the Constitution a congressional power to impeach presidents primarily to respond to misuse by the president of express or implied powers given him elsewhere in the document.

“To the founders, the main point of impeachment was that there must be a remedy when a president perverts the powers of his office, either for personal or political self-aggrandizement or, regardless of motive, when the president’s acts threaten the proper distribution of authority among the coordinate branches or otherwise offend either law or fundamental governing norms.

“The pardon of Arpaio plainly falls within this core conception of properly impeachable offences.”

There doesn’t appear to be any evaluation of Obama’s pardons or how they perverted the law or encouraged others to break the laws of those pardoned.

Trump’s White House statement:

Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service.  After serving in the Army, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV and later served as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), formerly the Bureau of Narcotics.  After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA’s branch in Arizona.

In 1992, the problems facing his community pulled Arpaio out of retirement to return to law enforcement.  He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County.  Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.

photo Kai Stachowiak

 

 

 

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