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Saturday, 26 August 2017 15:44

Trump pardon of ex-sheriff sparks bipartisan outrage

Written by  CBS News

Last Updated Aug 26, 2017 1:44 PM EDT

President Trump's decision to announce the pardon of controversial convicted former sheriff Joe Arpaio at 8 p.m. on a Friday as menacing Hurricane Harvey was about to make landfall in Texas did not go unnoticed.

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
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Arpaio's trial was all about trying to access Obama's birth records in Hawaii. Once he started looking into Obama's past, the DOJ dropped on him like a hawk out to the sky.

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The pardon was justified and that conviction was merely a political stunt by the liberals then in power. Meanwhile there are a few more people now imprisoned that should be pardoned right away. During the past years of govt corruption the liberals and some of the rinos in congress didn't make a sound while obama's lawlessness was taking place.

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The Libturd Demorats were OK with Odummy pardoning the fag manning for TREASON and the drug dealing crackheads. Just one of the many reasons why Demonrats cannot even BUY an election!!

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Did they complain about obama and the faln terrorists that he and Clinton pardoned ? What a bunch of cry babies

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What else would you expect from the dems /libs the same old BS crap.

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Wayne Blunk Written by Wayne Blunk
August 27, 2017
Getting a little tired of the mis-leading titles of your articles. You did not mention the Republicans who are upset. Lets talk about the RINOs. Dont be like the fake news.

While Sheriff Joe wasn't perfect, his heart was in the right place. Sorry, the illegals need to be turned over to ICE and shuffled back to Mexico and other countries of origin.

The conviction was because he did his job and was the object of a political "witch hunt". It doesn't get any more obvious than that. Sheriff Arpaio made living in his "tent jail" uncomfortable so that those convicted of lesser crimes (misdemeanors) would be discouraged from returning to a life of criminal activity that placed them there to begin with.

God bless you Sheriff Joe and may you be at peace for the rest of your days.

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Douglas Cherry Written by Douglas Cherry
August 26, 2017
Make him do (paid) community service to work it off, something like assisting oversight of the border wall construction, or give him an ICE job, whereby he can arrest police and officials for not complying with federal laws.
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Jon Bradfield Written by Jon Bradfield
August 26, 2017
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August 26, 2017
The Presidential pardon removed every trace of his conviction. It is as if it never happened. It's over. You'll just have to live with it.


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