Lawmakers and others are denouncing President Donald Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio was scheduled to be sentenced in October.
Critics of the move say pardoning Arpaio essentially erodes rule of law. Arizona Sen. John McCain said Trump's pardon "undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions."
Other GOP lawmakers voiced opposition. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona condemned the pardon, as did Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Justin Amash. Amash wrote: "It's a pardon of a govt official who ignored [the] Bill of Rights."
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, whom Trump fired after she said she wouldn't defend the administration's so-called travel ban, said the president's decision shows "his own contempt for our Constitution."
There are some who applauded the decision. Kelli Ward, a Republican running against Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona, called Arpaio "a patriot who did the job the Feds refused to do."