President Donald Trump has granted a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt for not obeying a 2011 order from a judge to stop his anti-illegal immigrant traffic patrols. He faced up to six months in prison.
A White House press release detailed Arpaio's life of "selfless public service," which includes serving in the Army during the Korean War, working for the DEA and then becoming sheriff of Arizona's most populous county.
"Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration," the press release said. "Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon."
On "The Five" tonight, Ed Henry said this move may "shock" and "horrify" some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but Trump supporters are going to "love" it.
"The president's base is going to love it. And they're going to say, 'He's tough on illegal immigration,'" Henry said, adding that they love Trump's "damn the consequences" attitude.
He noted that the "red flag" in the early reporting is that the Justice Department didn't officially sign off on the pardon and it didn't go through the typical protocols.
He said that's similar to former President Bill Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich on his last day in office in January 2001.
"That's when you can get into trouble, when you don't dot the i's and cross the t's," Henry said. "I'm not saying they'll be in trouble here. I'm just saying there were processes that didn't happen. That could be a red flag. But yes, the president's base is going to love this."
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