Either way, he fully admitted guilt by begging for and then taking Trump’s offer:
“Let me ask you another important question because you brought up this unusual, but lawful, pardon that you received from the president,” Melber responded. “As you know, when you take a pardon you’re admitting guilt. Why did you take that pardon and admit guilt?”
From there, it seemed pretty clear Arpaio did not know everything that accompanied his pardon. “I didn’t admit guilt. I said I was not guilty and I say it today,” Arpaio responded, causing Melber to raise his eyebrows in response.
“But you accepted the pardon, and you know under the law that is an admission of guilt,” Melber said.
“No, I don’t know about that,” Arpaio said. “I’d have to talk to the legal scholars.”
Joe Arpaio, meet Ari Melber, graduate of the Cornell Law School:
Melber then walked the sheriff through the Supreme Court case, Burdick v. United States, that made clear a pardon “carries an imputation of guilt and acceptance of a confession of it.”
“Do you understand that’s the legal implication of what you did by accepting that pardon?” Melber asked. Arpaio didn’t really answer the question.
“I’m not a lawyer, thank God,” he said. “But the president can make any decision he wants on a pardon. And I’m not going to argue about what your decision is. I’m sure his lawyers have reviewed it.”
Oh man, Trump’s lawyers certainly have a lot to review, but a convicted criminal and shithole like Joe Arpaio is probably the least of their worries right now. Either way, the interview is a wonder to watch. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure this dickwad never gets into public office again.