Just minutes before Hurricane Harvey began to dramatically affect the Texas coast, attracting the media’s attention for hours of live coverage, President Trump sent multiple messages to America via a move which may be his most controversial yet. At approximately 10 PM EST, the President made the following tweet, revealing yet again that he does not take America’s legal system all that seriously.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!”
Arpaio, the 85-year-old Arizona Sheriff who was convicted on contempt-of-court charges on July 31, after he disobeyed a court order for his department to stop racial profiling, has become a polarizing figure within the United States. This pardon that Trump has just announced, will clearly send a message to immigrants across the nation that the President of the United States is not on their side, the Constitution’s side or the side of the Justice Department and the courts. With that said, the main reason for this pardon may not be for political reasons but rather a move to signal to Trump’s possible co-conspirators in the Mueller investigation, that he has their backs as well.
The President just showed the world, and more importantly those who may be considering testifying or providing evidence against him, that if they remain loyal to him, he will remain loyal to them. Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and just about everyone else who may have incriminating evidence related to Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion, just got the signal that if they don’t cooperate with the government, a Presidential pardon seems quite likely. Basically this was Trump’s way of obstructing justice without actually breaking the law.
As we move forward, Robert Mueller will have his work cut out for him, as he seeks testimony from those working for and with the President as well as their possible connections to the Russian Government. Let’s hear your thoughts on how the Arpaio pardon may have an effect on witness testimony, in the comments section below.