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President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a controversial ex-sheriff

President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Trump told Fox News last weekend that he was “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio. Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case, had been scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. Trump has been under fire for blaming “both sides” for a violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., two weeks ago. Arpaio, 85, violated a 2011 order barring him and his office from detaining individuals solely based on suspicions about their legal status. At a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Trump defended Arpaio, saying he was “just doing his job” and suggested then that a pardon of the ex-law enforcer was imminent. Read more: Trump pardons former sheriff Joe Arpaio

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