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 HolderTrump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Obama to speak about George Floyd in virtual town hall GOP group launches redistricting site MORE on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties 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. 
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"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 FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Ariz.) when he retires at the end of this year.