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US President Donald Trump has pardoned ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt.
Mr Arpaio, 85, was found guilty after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. He was due to be sentenced in October.
The president had hinted at the pardon at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Thanking the president, Mr Arpaio said his conviction was “a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department”.I’m not going away,” he said, while declining to say whether he would run for sheriff again.
Mr Trump has frequently praised the former sheriff, who is known for his controversial hard-line stance on immigration.

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