The House Judiciary Committee does not have plans to hold a hearing to investigate the circumstances surrounding President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, despite a request by House Democrats to do so.
A Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told the Washington Examiner President Trump has "broad authority" to issue pardons under the U.S. Constitution.
And it is because of that, "the committee does not currently have plans to hold a hearing on this matter," the aide said.
On Wednesday, House Democrats wrote a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., urging him to "convene an oversight hearing on this controversial pardon and surrounding events as soon as possible."
The Democrats also called the pardon a "gross injustice" given the charges against Arpaio, and one that was "both inappropriate and deeply disturbing."
"We recognize that the Constitution grants the President the sweeping ‘power to grand reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,'" the letter reads. "Still, that power can be abused."
His pardon raised questions from both Democrats and Republicans, and critics wondered why the White House announced the pardon as Hurricane Harvey was making landfall in Texas on Friday.
Arpaio, 85, was convicted of criminal contempt earlier this year after he failed to comply with a court order.
The Democrats also noted they have requested an oversight hearing into the Trump administration five times since he took office on other matters, but have not yet been granted one.
The office of Ranking Member John Conyers, D-Mich., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.