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Congressman Andy Biggs Calls on President Trump to Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 21, 2017

Gilbert, Arizona - Congressman Andy Biggs called on President Donald Trump to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

"On Tuesday, President Trump will make a highly-anticipated trip to Arizona, and I hope that he will follow through on his consideration to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"The Sheriff's criminal conviction was the culmination of a political witch hunt by the Obama administration to sideline and destroy a formidable opponent. Eric Holder routinely used his Justice Department to intimidate patriotic Americans, even while stonewalling efforts by Congress to force transparency. While everyday Americans were concerned with Benghazi, Fast and Furious, abuse of power by the IRS, and much more, Eric Holder made it his personal mission to end Sheriff Arpaio's attempts to uphold the laws that the federal government would not enforce.

"Sheriff Arpaio has been a faithful servant of this nation for over six decades. He should be allowed to live out the rest of his days in peace and confidence that his efforts were not in vain. I encourage President Trump to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio."

Read the letter below.

August 21, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump,

First, let me convey how excited Arizona is to welcome the 45th President of the United States to Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Second, as a member of the Arizona Congressional delegation, I respectfully ask you to consider pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his recent criminal conviction.

Sheriff Arpaio has a long record of distinguished service to this country – one that dates back to 1950, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his four-year military career, Sheriff Arpaio faithfully served the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for over 25 years before becoming Maricopa County Sheriff.

For many years, Sheriff Arpaio has been the target of politically-motivated investigations. In his quest to uphold immigration laws, Sheriff Arpaio was met with fierce resistance from the Obama administration, the Eric Holder-led Justice Department, and the unaccountable Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Susan Bolton, who recently convicted Sheriff Arpaio, was also a Clinton appointment. Justice is supposed to be blind; however, the manner in which Sheriff Arpaio was investigated, tried, and convicted was anything but that.

Mr. President, Sheriff Arpaio deserves to live out the rest of his days in peace and confidence that he did his part to uphold the laws of his country. He should not be facing a jail sentence or any form of punishment. I respectfully encourage you to follow through with your intentions to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio and to convey a message of gratitude for his distinguished record of service to this country.


Andy Biggs
Member of Congress