Fmr. Maricopa Co. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he won't ask for pardon from President Donald Trump
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he isn't asking the President to pardon his misdemeanor conviction for defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Arpaio endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential race and shared the stage with him at several rallies. Arpaio said he doesn't expect anything in return for his support, and that he doesn't feel abandoned by his ally who has the power to erase the conviction.
When asked whether he has felt let down on the matter, Arpaio said the following to FOX 10's John Hook.
"Not really," said Arpaio. "Sometimes when you are President, like any business, you delegate to subordinates and sometimes they don't tell you everything. Let's leave it like that."
Arpaio says he would never ask for a presidential pardon to avoid prison. but also said he would take it, if it is offered.
"This is the public saying Trump should give me a pardon, not me," said Arpaio. "I didn't ask, and I would never ask if he wants to do it. That's his prerogative. I'm not going to turn him down."
Arpaio is scheduled to be sentenced October 5. He said while he has not thought a lot about his sentencing, he did say that any time he would serve would be in Federal prison, and not the Maricopa County jails that he once ran.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.