Trump tried using the cover of Hurricane Harvey to deflect the attention away from his pardon of the racist and human rights abuser Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
However, instead of the event slipping under the radar, both the president and the Department of Justice are now looking at a protracted a public legal fight.
The district judge Susan Bolton approved the request to throw out the sheriff’s sentencing hearing, but she is not letting him walk away that easily.
This morning, the judge ordered that the DOJ file a memo and she also scheduled a hearing for October 4th. There, the Trump team has to publicly argue why does a sheriff that was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to end his discriminatory racial profiling policies deserves to be free.
The state of Arizona will also have a chance to argue why he should not be pardoned. They will publicly and in detail list the full extent of the heinous crimes and misdeeds of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This includes running a so-called concentration camp, torturing inmates, forcing a woman to give birth in shackles and refusing to investigate the sex crimes against Latina children.
For Nat'l Dog Day let's remember the time JoeArpaio's Deputies set a puppy on fire, laughing at its sobbing owner as it died a ghastly death pic.twitter.com/4bGuwUIR9u
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 26, 2017
Over 150 people died in his jails, with practically no explanation and consequences for the abusive guards and absence of oversight.
Now, Trump is going to find out that in this country, the president is not a king. He can’t just clap his hands and subvert all national systems because he feels like it. This will serve as a warning that all those under questioning in the Russia investigation would do well to remember.