President Donald Trump said he will likely pardon convicted former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, which could make him the first recipient of his presidential pardon, the Conservative Tribune reports.
Earlier this month, the former Maricopa County sheriff was convicted of not adhering to a U.S. court order to half traffic patrols that targeted illegal immigrants.
Arpaio, who gained national attention for his hardline approach to illegals, was found guilty of criminal contempt and faces up to six months in prison.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” President Trump said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
“He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot, and I hate to see what has happened to him,” he continued.
In an interview on Monday, Arpaio said he hasn’t spoken with the president directly, and added that he would accept a pardon if the White House offers it.