The politically motivated attempt on the part of the US Federal Government to destroy Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is half finished. The criminal part of the investigation has ended with no charges being filed against Arpaio, much to the chagrin of open-border advocates and the sheriff’s many political enemies on the Left. NBC News has the story:
The federal government has closed a criminal probe of alleged financial misconduct by Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” and no charges will be filed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Friday.
A separate federal investigation relating to allegations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio’s office is continuing.
The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies.
A federal criminal inquiry into several of those matters was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona declining to initiate criminal charges.
…Arpaio, who returned from the Republican National Convention on Friday night, said he was “very happy” with decision.
“I send my appreciation to the federal government for their hard work in clearing my office,” he said in a news briefing.
Arpaio, 80, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term as sheriff in November, has been under a separate federal inquiry since 2008 over allegations that he and his deputies engaged in an extensive pattern of civil rights abuses.