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John McCain criticized Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Updated August 26, 2017 10:31 AM EDT

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a statement criticizing President Donald Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold," McCain said in a statement.

McCain added that by pardoning the sheriff, the president undermined "his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”

Arpaio was convicted of a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for defying a judge's order to stop conducting immigration patrols.

Arpaio told NBC News on Friday that he will hold the press conference on Monday to discuss his pardon.

President Donald Trump announced the pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was convicted for intentionally disobeying a judge's order concerning an immigration case.

The White House made their decision public on Friday night, saying that the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona was a "worthy candidate" for the president's pardon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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