Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio should not have been pardoned. He brazenly defied a federal judge’s court order to stop racial profiling and continued to do so until being convicted of criminal contempt. A pardon for that conduct demonstrates flagrant disregard for the rule of law in this country.
“The Justice Department also found that for years Sheriff Arpaio systematically violated the civil rights of the people he was charged with serving and protecting. President Trump indicates that he approves of that behavior with last night’s decision, which will only serve to deepen the divisions in our country.”