After Mayweather – McGregor, we better get ready for another round of Trump versus the Republican party it seems.
As we reported yesterday, President Trump pardoned America’s toughest sheriff, Mr. Joe Arpaio. You can find that article here: https://thegoldwater.com/news/7138-President-Trump-Pardons-America-s-Toughest-Sheriff-Joe-Arpaio
House speaker and leading Republican Paul Ryan, who has at best a somewhat difficult relationship with President Trump, decided once more it was time to steal some of the limelight.
On the issue of the presidential pardon, the spokesman for Paul Ryan stated on his behalf that: "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.”
To a lesser surprise, John McCain and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have both also criticised the White House for their first presidential pardon. Mr. McCain’s statement read: "The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions."
Furthermore, it would now appear that President Trump had called upon other members of the Republican party to drop the case against sheriff Joe much earlier. The Washington Post stated that President Trump asked Attorney-General Jeff Sessions in March of this year already whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Mr. Arpaio.
After Mr. Session’s office told the White House that such be inappropriate, Mr. Trump decided to let the case go to trial and, if Sheriff Joe were convicted, to grant clemency later.
The President telegraphed his move was coming for days, so the Republican party’s acted surprise seems a bit strange to us. As my colleague Kyle James already reported, the president hinted at a pardon for the sheriff when he said, "You know what, I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine. O.K.? But I won't do it tonight because I don't want to cause any controversy."
We can’t wait for Mr. Trump’s first tweet on these developing stories.