Ryan spokesperson: Speaker did not agree with Arpaio pardon

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) does not believe President Donald Trump should have pardoned former Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio, a spokesperson for the speaker said in a statement Saturday.

“The speaker does not agree with this decision,” Press Secretary Doug Andres said in the statement.
“Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon,” he added.
Trump announced the pardon Friday evening via Twitter.


Arpaio last month was found guilty of criminal contempt for a violating an injunction that barred the sheriff’s office from further engaging in immigration raids that federal authorities deemed discriminatory in nature.
Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake were included among the Republicans who joined Ryan in expressing opposition to the pardon.

Democrats said they were outraged by the pardon.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday evening unleashed a TweetStorm against Trump.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted that the president’s pardon of Arpaio undermines the rule of law.

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