Trump has defended his controversial pardon of former Sheriff of Arizona

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the then sheriff of metro Phoenix, during a news conference in Marshalltown, Iowa. Trump isn't expected to take action Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, on a possible pardon of Arpaio's conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president would take no action Tuesday on Arpaio as Trump plans to appear in the evening at a rally in downtown Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has defended his controversial pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio calling him a “patriot” and alleged that the previous presidents, including Barack Obama, have pardoned “criminals”.Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt last month for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case. He has been accused for years of violating basic human rights in his prisons, but Trump insisted yesterday that he was no worse than Americans who had been granted clemency by previous presidents.Sheriff Joe protected our borders. And Sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration, especially right before an election — an election that he would have won.”
“So I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe and the people of Arizona, who really know him best, would agree with me,” Trump said.He was pardoned after his wife donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clintons, Trump alleged.”Then you have dangerous criminals. President Clinton pardoned Susan Rosenberg, a member of the Weather Underground, charged as part of a bank robbery that led to a guard and two police officers being killed. President Clinton commuted the sentence of Carlos Vignali, a central player in a cocaine ring that stretched from California to Minnesota,” he alleged.
“President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked countless sensitive and classified documents to WikiLeaks, perhaps and others. But a horrible, horrible thing that he did. Commuted the sentence and perhaps pardoned,” he said.