U.S. President Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Joe Arpaio, a controversial former sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday (August 22) suggested he might pardon Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was found guilty last month of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case. Arpaio, 85, lost a re-election bid last year in the county. Trump was speaking to the crowd at a rally in Arizona. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "So, was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? He should have had a jury, but you know what, I'll make a prediction, I think he's going to be just fine, okay? But, but, I won't do it tonight, because I don't want to cause any controversy, is that okay? But Sheriff Joe can feel good." White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders earlier told reporters traveling with Trump on Air Force One that "there will be no discussion of that today at any point."