WASHINGTON, D.C. – After failing to clean the DOJ swamp of attorneys still loyal to President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump are standing silent as former Sheriff Joe Arpaio begins a criminal trial in Maricopa County, Arizona, that could send the 85-year-old famed law enforcement officer to prison for contempt of court.
Surely President Trump recalls that Sheriff Arpaio campaigned vigorously for him in the 2016 election.
But, now still fighting a case brought against him by the Obama administration, Sheriff Arpaio is fighting alone.
The Obama DOJ came down on Arpaio like a ton of bricks because Sheriff Joe insisted upon enforcing immigration laws Barack Obama and Eric Holder wanted ignored.k
kkNow, President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have turned a deaf ear to Arpaio's repeated requests for help from a president he helped elect.
Arpaio has a petition before the Supreme Court arguing that federal prosecutors charged him under the wrong statute simply because the statute of limitations on the applicable law had run out.
Arpaio's mandamus petition to the Supreme Court also objected that the U.S. District Court has refused to grant him a jury trial.
So far, the White House and the DOJ have ignored repeated attempts by Arpaio's attorneys to intervene to postpone the start of Arpaio's bench trial, now scheduled to begin Monday, June 26, at least until after the Supreme Court rules on his mandamus request.
Right now, Arpaio faces a bench trial before a U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton – a federal judge appointed by President Clinton.
Judge Bolton will be asked to decide whether or not Arpaio violated the court order U.S. District Judge Murray G. Snow imposed in 2013, putting strict rules on MSCO immigration-related traffic stops.
As a footnote, Arpaio tried unsuccessfully to get Judge Snow removed from the case for improper meetings and communications with court-appointed monitor appointed by Judge Snow to oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).