Letter: President wielded executive power lawfully in Arpaio pardoning


To the editor:

As one who strongly supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, I find myself somewhat awkwardly in agreement with President Donald Trump's right to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, someone whom I've long detested. Arpaio is an old man who, for many years, used his lawful powers to persecute minorities, particularly Latino-Americans living both legally and illegally in the Phoenix district.

Regardless, Trump has exerted the unconditional legal power of the presidents to issue a pardon.

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Our country is based on the Constitution, which with amendments and subsequent rules, created a government "of the people, by the people and for the people" with a well-defined distribution of powers and functions among the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Whatever I and others think about it, President Trump has used his executive powers lawfully in this matter.

My only consolation is in recalling a second quotation from Abraham Lincoln, "This too shall pass."

David Harris

Red Wing