Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt for illegally targeting Hispanic immigrants.In his first act of presidential clemency, Trump pardoned the deeply-divisive 85-year-old who ignored a federal court order that he stop detaining illegal migrants.In a statement, the White House said Arpaio — who made detainees wear pink underwear and housed them in tented desert camps had “more than fifty years of admirable service to our nation.”
The former sheriff of Maricopa County, who reveled in his reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff,” had been due to be sentenced in October.Arpaio tweeted that he was “incredibly grateful” to Trump, and suggested his conviction was “a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!” Trump had hinted that a pardon was coming during a meandering speech in Arizona earlier this week, when he suggested Arpaio was convicted for “doing his job” and predicted that “he’s going to be just fine.”
The announcement still came as a shock for many.Republican Arizona Senator John McCain said officers of the law “should always seek to be beyond reproach” in their commitment to fairly enforce the law.Trump “has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions,” McCain’s statement read.Arizona’s other senator, Republican Jeff Flake, wrote on Twitter: “Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.”