President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio Friday, and the staunch Trump supporter made it clear he doesn’t plan to go away quietly.
Arpaio, the former sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, was convicted at the end of July for refusing to obey a federal judge’s order to stop detaining individuals because he suspected they were in the U.S. illegally.
The former sheriff had faced up to six months in prison had Trump not pardoned him — and courted criticism from Republicans like Arizona Sen. John McCain in the process.
In an interview Saturday on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Arpaio told listeners “I’m not going away,” hinting he may be gearing up for a more public role, according to Breitbart.
Arpaio was then asked how he will use his stature to help the president’s administration.
“You know what, I told my wife I’m not finished. I’ve got a lot of things in mind. Since I left office, I’ve been very busy. I’ve got my own office setup. I’m not going away. Why would I go away?” Arpaio said.