WHITE HOUSE SAYS SIX-TERM SHERIFF “WORTHY CANDIDATE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 25, 2017) — Mainstream media outlets are reporting Friday night that President Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio for a conviction of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court late last month.
The reports are quoting the White House as having said that ““Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is [a] worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
As of press time, The Post & Email has not located a written statement on the White House website.
The president is spending the weekend at the presidential retreat in Maryland, Camp David, where he is said to be closely monitoring developments in the powerful storm hitting the Texas coast, Hurricane Harvey.
Arpaio was considered “controversial” by many because of his strict interpretation of federal immigration law, open-air “Tent City” for jail inmates, chain gangs, and his commissioning of an in-depth probe of the image posted at whitehouse.gov on April 27, 2011 said to represent Barack Hussein Obama’s original “long-form” birth certificate.
The latter was not lost upon the mainstream media on Friday night as they reported the news of the pardon. Despite the five-year investigation which declared not only the birth certificate, but also Obama’s alleged Selective Service registration form fraudulent, the media has claimed that claims of forgery over the years have been “debunked.”
No expert has been identified as having discredited the results of the criminal investigation which, indirectly, arose from Trump’s own strident calls in early 2011 for Obama to release his detailed birth record to prove his eligibility for office.
Earlier on Friday, a report was published by Infowars indicating that someone in the White House may have attempted to delay or jettison the pardon. That article followed one by CBS News on Wednesday claiming that Trump’s “legal team” recommended that the pardon be delayed until after Arpaio’s sentencing on October 5.
Article II, Section 2, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution vests the power to issue pardons “for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”
Reactions to the pardon were, as could be expected, both strongly positive and negative.
In a tweet which appears to have been issued by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House said:
After the pardon was announced in the news, Trump tweeted: