As millions of Texans braced themselves for Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump announced he had pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who a judge recently found guilty for his failure to follow a 2011 judge's order to put an end to the racial profiling of Latinos.
Erin Burnett's panel on CNN tonight had some harsh words for President Trump over his pardon of Joe Arpaio and his comment today about how high the TV ratings would be the night of. "I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting started".
Trump also mentioned the pardons of Weather Underground bomber Susan Rosenburg and Chelsea Manning, "who leaked countless sensitive and classified documents to Wikileaks, perhaps, and others".
"Well, a lot of people think it was the right thing to do", Trump said in a White House press conference when asked to respond to broad criticism, including some in his own party, over the pardon. On August 25, 2017, President Trump issued his pardon, a decision that Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige has been analyzing in the national media.
"When I left office, I said I'm probably going to be done with politics, but I'm back in the political field again-whatever that means, I don't know", Arpaio, 85, told Fox News. Arpaio was accused of prolonging immigration patrols for 17 months after a judge had ordered them to be stopped.
Fourth, the idea that other bad pardons excuse this one. "If it's necessary, we'll have to see". Asked if Russian Federation poses a security threat, he replied: "I consider many countries as a security threat".