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Sheriff Arpaio: I Would Do Anything If Trump Gave Me A Job

Newly pardoned Joe Arpaio says he would gladly accept a position in the Trump administration now that he does not have to face a possible six-month jail sentence.

According to AOL, the controversial former Arizona sheriff told The Wall Street Journal that while the White House has not offered him a job, it would be “tough to turn down a president of the United States when they need you.” He added: “I may not turn down this president because I’d probably do anything for him.”

The 85-year-old, who described Trump as one of the nation’s “greatest” commanders-in-chief, called on congressional Republicans to work with the administration to pass legislation. “They’re trying to go after the president,” Arpaio said. “He’s a great guy and I’m with him and will always be with him. I’m sad what they’re doing to him. It’s sad.”

Trump has been under fire from leaders of both political parties for his decision to pardon Arpaio, who was recently convicted of contempt for ignoring a court order to stop his officers from racially profiling Latinos. The two U.S. senators representing the ex-lawman’s state, Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake, were among those who opposed the pardon. McCain said it “undermines (Trump’s) claim for the respect of rule of law.” Three White House sources told The Washington Post that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other administration lawyers also advised Trump to not interfere in the federal case.

AOL reported that Arpaio has been named in a number of lawsuits alleging civil-rights violations. The plaintiffs accused him of discriminatory practices and violence against Latino prisoners in Maricopa County. The former sheriff proudly described his department’s makeshift “tent-city” prison as a “concentration camp.” While other politicians distanced themselves from Arpaio during the 2016 elections, Trump reached out to him and found common ground on immigration policies and other issues. Both men have promoted the bogus theory that former President Obama was born in Kenya.

White House officials are pushing back against the widespread criticism of Arpaio’s pardon. Tom Bossert, secretary of Homeland Security Department, declared Sunday that the news media are providing “disproportionate coverage” of the matter. “I’m pretty certain … that this is not something that is going to threaten our constitutional order,” he said on ABC News’ “This Week.”

To be eligible for a presidential pardon, according to the U.S. Justice Department, a person must show “good conduct for a substantial period of time after conviction and service of sentence.” The standard did not apply to Arpaio because his sentencing date was still two months away. His law-enforcement career ended when he lost in last year’s election to Democratic challenger Paul Penzone.

The Washington Examiner reported that Arpaio is now considering a campaign against Flake. “I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,” he told the newspaper on Monday. When pressed on the possibility of a primary race against Flake, Arpaio replied: “I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me. All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have.”

Source: AOL
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