aside President Approached AG Sessions About Closing Case Against Sheriff Arpaio

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“We the people” are fully aware that the republican President Donald Trump believes that he is not bound to abide by the rule of law as most of us are. It appears that he had been intending all along to pardon his buddy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he ended up being convicted.

Here is the rest of the story…

On August 26, 2017, Philip Rucker and Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio, an ally since ‘birtherism.’


“As Joseph Arpaio’s federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration.”


“The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation.”

“After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.”

“So the president waited, all the while planning to issue a pardon if Arpaio was found in contempt of court for defying a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people merely because he suspected them of being undocumented immigrants. Trump was, in the words of one associate, “gung-ho about it.”

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“Responding to questions about Trump’s conversation with Sessions, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “It’s only natural the president would have a discussion with administration lawyers about legal matters. This case would be no different.”

“Trump’s Friday-evening (8/25/17) decision to issue his first pardon for Arpaio was the culmination of a five-year political friendship with roots in the “birther” movement to undermine President Barack Obama. In an extraordinary exercise of presidential power, Trump bypassed the traditional review process to ensure that Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court, would face no time in prison.”

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“Trump’s pardon, issued without consulting the Justice Department, raised a storm of protest over the weekend, including from some fellow Republicans. His effort to see if the case could be dropped showed a troubling disregard for the traditional wall between the White House and the Justice Department, and taken together with similar actions could undermine respect for the rule of law, experts said.”

“Arpaio faced up to six months in prison and was due to be sentenced in October. During his 23 years as Maricopa County sheriff, Arpaio was a lightning rod, in part because of his aggressive crackdown on illegal immigrants. He also was accused of racial profiling, failure to investigate sex crimes, poor treatment of prisoners and other instances of police misconduct.”

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“To Trump, however, Arpaio is an American hero — a man who enlisted in the military at 18 after the outbreak of the Korean War, worked as a beat cop in Washington and Las Vegas and as a special agent investigating drug crimes around the world, then was elected sheriff in the epicenter of the nation’s roiling immigration debate.’

“Arpaio’s age weighed on Trump, some of his confidants said. The president could not stomach seeing an 85-year-old he admired, wasting away in a jail cell.”

“Trump backed off the Arpaio case after being advised it would be inappropriate, but that he even tried is “beyond the pale,” said Chiraag Bains, a former senior counsel in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.”

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‘Bains said he believes Trump “has a sense that the chief executive controls everything in the executive branch, including the exercise of criminal power. And that is just not the way the system is set up.”​

“Trump and Arpaio became brothers in arms five years ago. As they saw it, the two provocateurs — one a celebrity real estate developer, the other a polarizing sheriff — were pursuing justice in the form of supposed evidence that Obama’s birth certificate was fraudulent.”

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“As caretakers of the false “birther” conspiracy, Trump and Arpaio relentlessly probed Obama’s birth in Hawaii and nurtured a lie to damage the legitimacy of the nation’s first African American president.“There was no collusion,” Arpaio said in an interview Saturday. “I started my birth certificate investigation around the same time he did his.”

“The Manhattan mogul sent Arpaio a fan letter and flattered him on social media. “Congratulations to @RealSheriffJoe on his successful Cold Case Posse investigation which claims @BarackObama’s ‘birth certificate’ is fake,” Trump tweeted in 2012.”

“Three years later, in July 2015, when Trump swooped into Arpaio’s hometown of Phoenix for the first mega-rally of his upstart presidential campaign, the sheriff returned the favor by testifying on stage to “the silent majority” that Trump had begun to awaken.”

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“Backstage at that rally, Arpaio recalled, the two men talked about their shared birthday — June 14, which is Flag Day.”

“Even as Trump went on to win last November, however, Arpaio lost his reelection — and that was the least of his troubles.”

“Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Arpaio last October. Trump was paying attention to the case and he called Arpaio to check in on him around Thanksgiving, according to the former sheriff. That’s when Arpaio told the president-elect that his wife, Ava, had cancer.”

“On July 31, Arpaio was convicted by a judge, as opposed to a jury. Arpaio and his lawyer, Mark Goldman, said they did not contact Trump during this period, nor ask anyone in the administration for a pardon.”

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“I didn’t ask for the pardon,” Arpaio said. “He wanted to do it because I think he understood what I was going through.”

“Inside the West Wing, the pardon process was set in motion. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who had gotten to know Arpaio through their work on immigration policy during the campaign, advocated internally for the pardon, as did chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with the deliberations.”

“The White House Counsel’s Office had quietly begun preparing the paperwork and communications staffers had started drawing up talking points when Trump foreshadowed his intentions Aug. 15 by retweeting a Fox News story reporting that the president was “seriously considering” pardoning Arpaio.”


“The drumbeat culminated Tuesday when Trump returned to the Phoenix Convention Center — the site of the July 2015 rally — for a “Make America Great Again” campaign event.”

“As Air Force One rumbled toward Arizona, Sanders tried to douse speculation by telling reporters that the president would have “no discussion” and “no action” pertaining to Arpaio at the rally.”

“Arpaio said he was eager to attend the rally and visit with the president backstage, but decided, “I didn’t want to cause any harm or riots, so I stayed away.”

“When Arpaio heard Sanders say Trump would not talk about a pardon, he said he turned to his wife and told her, “Don’t believe anything you hear because I know how he is.”

“Trump bellowed from the stage, “I’m just curious: Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?”

“Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump asked.

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“He should have had a jury, but you know what? I’ll make a prediction,” the president said. “I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy. . . But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

“Goldman wrote a two-page letter to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II, sent on Friday morning, saying, “Hopefully this is more fake news,” and telling McGahn that a delay until after sentencing “would place Sheriff Arpaio in an untenable and unprecedented position.”

“Without a pardon, Goldman said, Arpaio could be “sentenced, handcuffed, given a ‘perp walk’ and incarcerated” and “left to languish in federal custody.”

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“McGahn did not immediately reply, but a few hours later, at about 6:30 p.m. D.C. time, another lawyer in his office called Goldman’s co-counsel to double-check that Arpaio would accept a pardon. A few minutes later, an email arrived from the White House with a single page attachment: an “Executive Grant of Clemency” for Arpaio signed by Trump in his thick, black script, complete with a golden Justice Department seal.”

“Goldman printed out three copies of the document and drove out to Arpaio’s home in Fountain Hills, a suburb of Phoenix, where the former sheriff was getting ready to take his wife to dinner at Arrivederci, an Italian restaurant, to celebrate Ava’s 86th birthday.”

“Of course, his first question was, ‘Is this a fake document?’ ” Goldman recalled. “We know the sheriff has looked into fake documents.”

“The Arpaios still went out for their spaghetti dinner. “


    • Dear Suzanne,

      The good news is that Sheriff Arpaio lost his last election.The other ray of hope is that his last rally in Phoenix, AZ. was poorly attended when compared to his previous rallies.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda


  1. Gronda, I like to keep it simple. The Shetiff was ordered by a court to cease an action and he chose not to do so. Regardless of whether one supports that action, he violated s court order. So, to pardon that action is not judicious. Yes, the President has broad powers, but that does not make it right, in and of itself, when he chooses to use it. This is not the first, nor will it be the last time the President acts unwisely. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      I couldn’t agree more. The president acted because he did not want his “birther” buddy to face jail time.

      DDT thinks of Sheriff Arpaio as a law enforcement hero. For me, Sheriff Arpaio is the poster image of what I do not want law enforcement to emulate.

      Sheriff Arpaio has just been rewarded for ignoring a court order barring him from illegally restraining Latinos without cause, just on the possibility that they could be undocumented.

      He could not be bound by the rule of law, which makes him no better than those he locked up.

      Hugs, Gronda


    • Dear Roger,

      DDT is loving giving the society at large, his middle finger. His supporters are also approving which just lights his short fuse. And this is how history is being developed in the USA.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • From the broad historical perspective (unless he has a ‘Road to Damascus’ interlude), in the national memory he will be reviled or ridiculed.
        And the USA will move on.
        Never thought I’d see the day when there was someone in the democratic process I disliked more than Thatcher and her government.

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  2. Justice should now demand that charges based upon his treatment of prisoners in his custody should now be brought in state court, where tRump does not hold pardon power! That is where he and his clan will have problems, while who ever replaces him can and will issue pardons on the Federal Charges, they can not do so with state charges…

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      If I had a magic wand, I would send a gifted writer to interview Sheriff Arpaio’s victims to be followed up by a movie to where the light is truly shined on this man’s actions.

      Your idea about a class action suit against him is brilliant. It should include all folks who were falsely arrested after there was the court order in effect, barring him from taking these actions.

      Hugs, Gronda


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