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Trump ‘seriously considering’ pardon for ‘birther’ pal Sheriff Arpaio

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President Donald Trump’s first pardon might go to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A Fox News exclusive with Trump revealed the president is pondering the option.

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“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump told 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.”

The Arizona sheriff was voted out of office in November, and was convicted of criminal contempt after he defied a state judge’s order to stop traffic patrols of assumed undocumented immigrants. Arpaio was an early supporter of Trump’s and frequently accompanied him at rallies.

Arpaio is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 and could earn as much as six months in jail, though few think he’ll actually serve it given his advanced age and lack of a criminal record.

He’s already been caught begging for money to deal with his legal fees now that he’s no longer in office. Arpaio’s actions have already cost the county $13 million in anticipated settlements to lawsuits from individuals suing the department. Arpaio’s legal fees were reported to have exceeded $50 million in Sept. 2016.

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Arpaio lost his election due to Republicans who also voted for Trump.

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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Trump’s threat to ‘hereby’ force manufacturers to do his bidding stomped by legal analyst

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President Donald Trump is claiming extraordinary powers in his escalating trade war with China.

On Friday, Trump demanded that American companies look for alternatives to China.

"Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA," Trump tweeted.

Of course, the president has no power to order such a thing.

Trump then announced massive tariffs on China, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.

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