WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Arizona Democrats is urging President Donald Trump not to pardon Joe Arpaio.
Congressmen Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva and Tom O’Halleran say in a letter to Trump that the former Phoenix-area sheriff shouldn’t get any “relief from the penalties he deservedly faces for his illegal conduct and brazen abuse of the public trust.”
Trump told Fox News in an interview earlier this week that he may pardon Arpaio, who was one of his early supporters.
A federal judge ruled in 2013 that Arpaio’s officers had racially profiled Latinos. But Arpaio refused to stop his immigration patrols, which led to his criminal contempt of court case.
The lawmakers tell Trump a pardon would send a “clear message that your allies are immune from prosecution.”