The Washington Post just reported that President Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to close the criminal case against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio months ago.
However, according to the report, Trump was told it would be inappropriate to move ahead with such an action, and decided to let the trial take its course.
When asked about the report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded: “It’s only natural the president would have a discussion with administration lawyers about legal matters. This case would be no different.”
The report comes one day after the White House announced Trump would pardon Arpaio.
“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement stressing Arpaio’s public service.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the statement added.
Arpaio had been found guilty in a Justice Department investigation of racially profiling Latinos. He was convicted July 31 of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining individuals solely based on the suspicion that could be in the U.S. illegally.