Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is holding out hope that President Trump will pardon him of criminal contempt, just not from a podium in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a report.

"He didn't say he's not going to do it. He said, 'tonight'," Arpaio told Vice News, referring to Trump's campaign rally Tuesday, his first out west as president.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders quashed rumors Tuesday that Trump would pardon Arpaio at the highly anticipated event, seen as an effort to re-focus attention on the Trump administration's agenda after the Charlottesville violence.

Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt in June for defying a court order against arresting suspected illegal immigrants unless they commit a state crime and faces up to six months in jail.

But Arpaio said he was behind Trump, regardless of his decision.

"I've been saying all along I support him no matter what," Arpaio told the Washington Examiner after Sanders' remarks.