White House: Trump Won’t Pardon Arpaio At Arizona Rally Tuesday

Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio Joe Arpaio 'Tent City' at Maricopa County Jail, Maricopa County, Arizona, America - Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/q4jw Tent City is regularly named as one of the wo... Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio Joe Arpaio 'Tent City' at Maricopa County Jail, Maricopa County, Arizona, America - Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/q4jw Tent City is regularly named as one of the worst prisons in America. The notorious convict camp is located in the Arizona desert where temperatures regularly top 130 degrees and more. As its name suggests inmates live outside in Army surplus tents that are unheated in the winter and uncooled in the summer. The only permanent buildings house showers and a canteen where meals are served. Tent City is the brainchild of Joe Arpaio, the six-time elected sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio styles himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff" and the controversial figure has been accused of a list of crimes, including abuse of power, misuse of funds and failure to investigate sex crimes. His jails have twice been ruled unconstitutional. He set up Tent City, which is an extension of the Maricopa County Jail, in 1993. He has since described Tent City, which can accommodate up to 2,126 inmates, as a 'concentration camp'. (Rex Features via AP Images) MORE LESS
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said President Donald Trump will not discuss or act “today” on the possibility of pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“There will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today,” Sanders told pool reporters on Air Force One.

Trump last week said he was “seriously” considering pardoning Arpaio, who was convicted in July of criminal contempt of court.

Arpaio on Monday said he had no idea whether Trump would act on that consideration.

“So what’s the scoop? Will he pardon me?” Arpaio said to NBC News. “Who knows, I don’t know.”

Trump is scheduled to host a reelection campaign rally for himself in Phoenix, Arizona, late Tuesday evening, but Arpaio told CNN he had not been invited.

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