Dear Senator Toomey:And I will be posting whatever response I get from him or his office.
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.
UPDATE: Senator Toomey responds to this letter here.