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 HolderEric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes MORE on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push 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 FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Jeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump WANTED: A Republican with courage MORE (R-Ariz.) when he retires at the end of this year.