Bharara accuses Trump pardon of violating DOJ guidelines
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara criticized President Trump's decision to pardon the controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, saying on Twitter that it was "contrary" to the Justice Department's standards for issuing pardons.

"This pardon is contrary to DOJ guidelines, unsurprisingly. Pure politics. Wonder what the pardon attorney's official recommendation was," Bharara tweeted.

"Here are the normal standards for pardons under DOJ guidelines. See 1-2.112," Bharara continued. 

It is not clear which of the standards Bharara is referring to in his tweet, or if he is accusing Trump of failing to comply with all of the standards.

It is important to note that Trump's pardon technically falls within legal boundaries, as presidents are constitutionally granted broad pardoning powers.

The Constitution's pardons clause states the president “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

The pardon power also only applies to federal crimes.  

Bharara was fired by the Trump administration refusing to resign after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question MORE requested the U.S. attorneys appointed under the Obama administration step down. 

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The White House announced on Friday the president would pardon Arpaio, who had been found guilty of racially profiing. 

Arpaio was scheduled to be sentenced in October. 

 

Trump's decision to spare Arpaio has stirred controversy on both sides of the political aisle. 

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei MORE said on Saturday the pardon demonstrates "flagrant disregard for the rule of law in this country."

Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain promotes July 17 as #GBMday to raise awareness of father's cancer The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' MORE (R) also ripped the decision, however he did concede the president had the authority to make the decision. 

"Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” McCain said in a statement.

“The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”