Outgoing President Donald Trump has spent his final hours in the Oval Office pardoning as many people as he possibly can before he departs the role. Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black are among the people who have been pardoned by Trump, as is Death Row Records Co-Founder Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris.
Bloomberg initially revealed earlier this month that Wayne and Kodak Black were two of over 140 people who were due to be pardoned or had their sentences commuted on Trump’s final day in office. Another notable name on that list includes former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News co-founder Stephen Bannon. Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris was a late addition to the list after a public plea from Snoop Dogg who lobbied Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to get Harris’ sentence commuted.
Wayne had previously met with Trump in October ahead of the election, which led to criticism from fans’ social media. In December, Wayne pled guilty to a federal firearms charge relating to an incident a year prior. In November 2019, he was arrested for illegal possession of a handgun during a flight on his private jet from California to Florida. He was due to appear in court on January 28, where he faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Wayne has now posted on social media, “Because he had a dream I am able to live out my dreams. I am forever mindful. Forever grateful. Because he had a dream I’ll never stop dreaming and dreams are forever. King. Forever”.
Kodak was sentenced to a 46-month prison sentence on federal weapons charges in November 2019; the rapper was found guilty of falsifying information on background forms while attempting to purchase firearms. At the end of last year, in a now-deleted tweet, he revealed that he would give $1million to charity if the President released him from prison early.
Whereas, Death Row Records co-founder Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris has been behind bars for the last three decades in a California prison, after spending 32 years in prison for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking.
Confirming the pardon, the Trump administration posted on the White House website: “Mr. Harris has had an exemplary prison record for three decades. He is a former entrepreneur and has mentored and taught fellow prisoners how to start and run businesses.
“He has completed courses towards business and journalism degrees. Upon his release, Mr. Harris will have a meaningful place of employment and housing with the support of his family.”