Arpaio, convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating a federal court order to stop profiling Latinos in Arizona, was controversial enough, but the White House announcement drew bipartisan criticism. The news came two hours before Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along the Texas coastline. Arpaio is seen as a political ally of the president, and they share similar views on immigration.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said Mr. Trump issued the pardon, "Under cover of hurricane and Friday night darkness."
Under cover of hurricane and Friday night darkness, Trump pardons Arpaio and flouts rule of law - already producing backlash. https://t.co/frdUJkG5Nt— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 26, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said the president appeared to be using Harvey as a cover to pardon Arpaio.
As millions of people in TX and LA are prepping for the hurricane, the President is using the cover of the storm to 1/— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2017 Read more at CBS News