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President Trump, Joe Arpaio And The Power Of The Pardon14:01
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In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a new conference in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a new conference in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
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Earlier this week, President Trump took a question about the timing of his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump said, "In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally. You know the hurricane was just starting. And I put it out that I had pardoned, as we say, Sheriff Joe.”

Hurricane or not, it was a deeply controversial pardon. We dissect the legal questions surrounding it.

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Nancy Gertner, retired federal judge. WBUR legal analyst. Senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. She tweets @ngertner.

This segment aired on August 31, 2017.

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