Senator John McCain of Arizona issued a statement attacking President Donald J. Trump over his pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In the statement, McCain said: ” “No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders.”
“The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions,” McCain continued.
Senator McCain and President Trump have always had a rocky relationship which reached its peak a few weeks ago when McCain was the deciding vote on Obamacare repeal. McCain’s vote stopped congressional Republicans and President Trump from repealing the healthcare bill.