President Donald Trump will not move to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio during the president’s campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, a White House spokeswoman said.
“There will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump on Air Force One.
Trump had said in an interview with Fox News last week that he was “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was found guilty of criminal contempt last year for defying a court order not to detain suspects without a reasonable suspicion of a crime.
It was not clear whether Trump has ruled out a pardon for Arpaio entirely.
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