Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was unaware that he admitted his criminal guilt (for violating a federal court order) when he accepted a pardon form President Donald Trump in 2017.
MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Arpaio: “As you know, when you take a pardon, you’re admitting guilt. Why did you take that pardon and admit guilt?”
“I didn’t admit guilt,” Arpaio falsely claimed. “I said I was not guilty, and I say it today.”
“But you accepted the pardon,” Melber reminded Arpaio, who is running for the U.S. Senate. “And you know under the law that is an admission of guilt.”
Arpaio replied: “No, I don’t know about that, you’ll have to talk to the legal scholars about that.”
Melber cited the Supreme Court ruling in Burdick v. United States that said a pardon “carries an imputation of guilt and acceptance of a confession of it.”
Arpaio ignored the facts, and said Trump can pardoned who he chooses, falsely claimed that he is “not guilty” and said he was appealing his guilty verdict.
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)