President Donald Trump addressed reports Tuesday night that convicted former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be pardoned and said that Arpaio should “feel good” about his future.
Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt by a federal judge after he defied a court order to stop detaining suspected illegal immigrants. Fox News reported that Trump told the outlet he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio, who is a Trump supporter.
While White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that Trump will announce a pardon for Arpaio during a rally Tuesday in Phoenix, where he served as sheriff, the president heavily hinted at one.
“By the way, I’m just curious. Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?” Trump asked the audience. “So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?”
He went on to say, “I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine. Okay? But, but I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. Is that okay? All right? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”