It was revealed on Saturday by the Washington Post that Donald Trump had consulted Attorney General Jeff Sessions months ago about pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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.”
Trump ultimately decided to go ahead with his decision to pardon Arpaio, which brought a lot of backlash.
Twitter users were quick to respond to the report, as they were mad that Sessions did nothing to stop Trump from pardoning Arpaio.
Trump to Comey: Can you go easy on Flynn?
Trump to Sessions: Can you kill Arpaio case?
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) August 26, 2017
Did the framers of the Constitution intend for pardons to be payoffs for loyalty?
— Doodledevotee (@doodledevotee) August 26, 2017
No, and the DOJ knows that. That's why 45 bypassed Sessions' DOJ to pardon Arpaio.
— Lady A (@ladyaiam) August 27, 2017
Because even Sessions WAS APPALLED.
— Mo (@dynamomo) August 27, 2017
Trump's pardon is another slap in the face to the judicial system https://t.co/scI9QMO77o
— Stop Trump 🍷 (@StopTrump2020) August 27, 2017
Hmmm maybe that's what started Trump being so anti Sessions??? https://t.co/aHdukajVuo
— Sharon Mulry (@sharon_mulry) August 27, 2017
So Trump also asked Sessions to drop the Arpaio case? Par for the course. Happier than ever that I did not return this man's call in March. https://t.co/3RnSyMkISy
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 26, 2017
Is this the 8th incident of obstruction of justice? Trump thinks he is above the law, and so far he's right! https://t.co/wmwEEyityO
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 27, 2017
— Enrico A. Bertoletti (@Enrico056) August 27, 2017
It is said he consulted Sessions about dropping the case. Isn't that a violation like tampering with a witness like the mafia did. Feel me!
— S. Sweeney (@SSweene67425569) August 27, 2017