PHOENIX (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, the retired Arizona lawman who was convicted for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.
The White House said the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County was a "worthy candidate" for a presidential pardon.
The action came several days after Trump, at a rally in downtown Phoenix, strongly hinted that he intended to issue a pardon.
Arpaio became linked to Trump during the campaign for their hardline immigration views.
He was convicted of a misdemeanor for intentionally defying a judge's order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Both politicians questioned the authenticity of then-President Barack Obama's birth certificate and have a similar history in sparring with judges.