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US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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On Friday, US President Donald Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A political ally of Trump, Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America.” He was pardoned less than a month after being convicted in a criminal contempt case stemming from his department’s racial profiling activities.

Trump strongly hinted that he would pardon Arpaio in an August 14 interview with Fox News, saying he was “seriously considering” it, adding, “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

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