Senator Claims Trump's Pardon Violates the Oath of Office

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Aug 27, 2017 10:35 AM
Senator Claims Trump's Pardon Violates the Oath of Office

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wasn't just against President Donald Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio--he went as far as to say that the pardon was a violation of the Oath of Office. On Twitter, Wyden said that pardoning Arpaio sent a message that as long as a person supports Trump, they will be permitted to break the law. 

While Arpaio's pardon was controversial on both sides of the aisle, most members of Congress have admitted that Trump is well within his rights to issue the pardon. Most people, Wyden aside, do not believe that the pardon would violate the Oath of Office. 

Arpaio was convicted of contempt and faced up to six months in prison. He served as sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona until 2016, when he lost a reelection bid. Arpaio is known for his tough anti-illegal immigration stance.