Obama says he’ll pardon Arpaio for sex tape, but won’t do anything on Trump immigration order
The President of the United States of America has now been caught on tape bragging about his sexual exploits in front of a group of teenage girls in an apparent attempt to justify the President’s executive order restricting immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
But, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the President will not pardon the Sheriff for his actions and will instead try to find a way to work with Congress to enact legislation to allow him to stay in office as long as possible.
“We are not going to allow a person who has made a very, very bad decision, that has been wrongfully convicted, to be able to stay on the job,” Sanders said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Sanders went on to say that if Congress fails to act, the administration will move to impeach the Sheriff, who is serving a four-year sentence for the illegal deportation of immigrants living in the US illegally.
“There’s nothing wrong with the sheriff, but we are going to do what is necessary to move forward and get that person back,” Sanders added.
However, the Sheriff did not appear to be willing to budge from his position and did not directly answer whether he would agree to a pardon.
Trump’s actions and the actions of his Attorney General have been the subject of widespread criticism across the political spectrum, particularly after his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign amid allegations that he lied under oath during his confirmation hearing to become Attorney General.
A number of Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have also spoken out against Trump’s actions.
The White House has previously attempted to distance itself from the actions by saying they were in the “best interest of the American people”, but that position has been quickly exposed as disingenuous.
Earlier this week, the US Department of Justice announced that the Trump Administration has approved a settlement with the family of Sandra Bland in the death of the 24-year-old black woman, who was arrested while driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested by Texas authorities in April.
Bland’s death is one of several in the United State this year that have led to protests and unrest, and prompted a national debate about police brutality, racism and other systemic issues that are endemic to the criminal justice system.
In an interview with the New York Times on Sunday, Sanders said that she and other members of the administration had been “very focused” on finding a way forward for Sandra Bland’s family to get justice, despite the fact that it has taken months to achieve this goal.
“The administration was very focused on finding the right settlement for the Bland family, to make sure that she had the support of her community,” Sanders told the Times.
Meanwhile, Trump has also reportedly told associates that he intends to pardon former FBI Director James Comey and his former deputy, Rod Rosenstein, after he is forced to step down from his job on the eve of the 20th anniversary of his appointment as US Attorney General, despite claims that Comey is a “showboat”.
Trump has previously said that he believes Comey’s testimony in the Senate was “very, very truthful” and “totally fair” and that he does not believe that he is guilty of any crimes.