Maricopa County’s “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio might have been hit with hard news two weeks ago, but the former Arizona lawman might be getting a life-changing phone call from President Donald Trump soon.
The president has confirmed he is looking at officially pardoning the controversial sheriff, according to a Fox News report.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump stated on Sunday. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
Trump also indicated that he will likely make a decision on the Arpaio pardon in the next few days.
The 85-year-old retired officer was found guilty on July 31 of misdemeanor contempt of court from his time in office when he continued to back enforcement efforts against illegal immigrants in Maricopa County, Arizona.
He could face up to six months in jail for that charge, although he has not yet been sentenced.