What Fresh Hell Is This?

August 29, 2017

My TWENTY-FIFTH Open Letter to Senator Pat Toomey (UPDATED)

I'll be dropping this letter to Senator Pat Toomey in the mail today:
Dear Senator Toomey:

It's me, again. Your constituent who also writes for the local Pittsburgh-based political blog, "2 Political Junkies."

I'd like to ask you about Donald Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

As you may know, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for willfully violating a judge's order to stop "detaining persons for further investigation without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed."

He was violating their constitutional rights. He was told to stop by a federal judge. He disregarded that order and then bragged about it.

Donald Trump, the man you voted for for president and the leader of your political party, pardoned him.

Is this OK with you? That a man convicted of "flagrantly disregarding" a federal judge's direct order not to violate anyone's constitutional rights gets a pardon for it?

Do you agree with your Senate colleague, John McCain, when he said that "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.”?

I await your response.
And I will be posting whatever response I get from him or his office.

UPDATE: Senator Toomey responds to this letter here.

Follow-up:

2 comments:

Omega Supreme said...

As a member of the Law Enforcement caste, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio deserves Qualify immunity for violating people's constitutional rights.

The federal judge overstepped her authority just like the judges who stopped Trump's immigration ban to be bench-slapped by the US Supreme Court.

BTW Trump does not need DOJ approval for Pardons like some progressives are claiming.

Omega Supreme said...

"Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for willfully violating a judge's order to stop "detaining persons for further investigation without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed."
Sen. Ted Stevens was found guilty of seven felony counts of making false statements.