President Donald Trump may soon issue a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump said Sunday in an interview with Fox News from his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation.
Trump told Fox News he could issue the pardon — his first as president — in the next few days, if he decides to do so.
Arpaio, a former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County and a vocal Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer on Trump’s behalf.
Earlier this month he was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order to stop detaining suspected illegal immigrants. He faces up to six months in prison.
He recently told The Associated Press he wasn’t seeking a pardon from Trump.