"It is disheartening that [the president] set the bar so very low for his first pardon," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat in the Senate. "It is a shame to see the pardon power devalued like this. The ex-sheriff is a self-aggrandizing braggart who promoted racist law enforcement practices and cost taxpayers millions, and that is a reason they did not re-elect him."
"This is not President Trump's first threat to shut down the United States government over his foolish, costly and useless wall, wasting tens of billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars," Mr. Leahy said. "We cannot afford his brand of government by threats of manufactured crisis."