Flake: Trump should have honored judicial process on Arpaio pardon

Flake: Trump should have honored judicial process on Arpaio pardon
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Lawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on tariffs | Fed chief lays out stakes of Trump trade war | Consumer prices rise at highest rate in six years | Feds to appeal AT&T merger ruling MORE (R-Ariz.) criticized President Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, saying he would have preferred that the president "honor" the legal process. 

"Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course," Flake wrote on Twitter. 

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Flake's tweet comes after the president pardoned Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt in July for disobeying an order to stop detaining individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

The Arizona GOP senator is up for reelection in 2018 and recently published a book ripping Trump's role in the Republican Party.

The president has publicly attacked Flake over the past few weeks, most recently during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday and on Twitter the following day.

Politico reported on Wednesday that Trump had also met with Flake's 2018 primary challengers.