GOP rep: Trump pardoned someone 'who ignored Bill of Rights'

Multiple GOP lawmakers spoke out on Friday against President Trump's decision to pardon controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.), a frequent Trump critic, tweeted that Trump had pardoned a government official "who ignored [the] Bill of Rights."

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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R-Ariz.), who has recently sparked backlash from Trump, also criticized the decision involving the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff.

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

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen‏ (R-Fla.) coupled the pardon in a tweet blasting Trump's move Friday to officially ban transgender people from entering the military, declaring, "Ay Dios Mío." 

Arpaio had been found guilty in a Justice Department investigation of racially profiling Latinos and had been convicted of criminal contempt after failing to stop detaining people who he suspected were in the U.S. illegally.

Democrats and civil rights groups ripped Trump's pardon on Friday, noting Arpaio's past conviction and blasting his policing policies as racist.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted that Trump's pardon "makes mockery of rule of law" while Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Biden hopes for deal on economic agenda before Europe trip The Senate is setting a dangerous precedent with Iron Dome funding MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed the decision to issue the pardon as a major storm barreled toward Texas.

"As millions of people in TX and LA are prepping for the hurricane, the President is using the cover of the storm to pardon a man who violated a court's order to stop discriminating against Latinos and ban courageous transgender men and women from serving our nation's Armed Forces. Then he ran to Camp David,” Schumer tweeted.