Holder: Trump's Arpaio pardon was 'misuse' of presidential power

Holder: Trump's Arpaio pardon was 'misuse' of presidential power
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Eric Holder: Calls to abolish ICE are 'a gift to Republicans' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE's decision to pardon controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling the decision a "misuse" of presidential power. 

Holder's Justice Department sued Arpaio for racial profiling, and Arpaio was later found guilty of ignoring a court order in a related case. But Trump decided to pardon Arpaio, a former Trump campaign surrogate, last August. 
"The president's power to pardon is absolute and I can’t criticize the process. That was ultimately the president's decision," Holder told reporters Wednesday during a breakfast in Washington sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
"But I think it's instructive that power that is used relatively sparingly was used by this president to grant some relief to a person that I think is fundamentally undeserving of it." 
Holder went on to call the court's decision against Arpaio "appropriate" and add that "it was a misuse of the process" for Trump to pardon Arpaio. 
Arpaio earned a reputation as an immigration hard-liner during his more than 20 years as the Maricopa County sheriff, who has jurisdiction over the Phoenix area, as well as criticism for his treatment of prisoners and for allegations of racial profiling. 
The former sheriff lost his reelection bid in 2016 and is now running for the GOP nomination to fill the Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Flake: Trump's Russia summit ‘truly an Orwellian moment’ MORE (R-Ariz.) when he retires at the end of this year.