Published: Wed, January 20, 2021

Joe Exotic is 'absolutely confident' Donald Trump will pardon him today

Joe Exotic is 'absolutely confident' Donald Trump will pardon him today

Trump on Tuesday is expected to release a list of more than 100 pardons and commutations, sources told Reuters.

Joe Exotic, the man we all became temporarily obsessed with while trying to get to grips with living in a lockdown and then completely forgot, is anticipating a presidential pardon from Donald Trump on his last day in the White House.

Eric Love, a private investigator who is leading Exotic's case, told Metro: "This time tomorrow, we're going to be celebrating".

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year sentence in a Fort Worth, Texas, federal prison for his conviction on charges that he participated in a murder-for-hire plot and violated federal wildlife laws. 'We have good reason to believe it will come through.

Love told the outlet he thinks Trump "has sided with" arguments as to why to pardon the felon, and use the pop culture figure as a vehicle to 'take most of the limelight away from President-elect Joe Biden'.

"I've got make-up, wardrobe, the whole unit that will come up".

In response to Joe Exotic's potential pardon, Carole Baskin, who assumed control of Joe Exotic's old zoo in Oaklahoma when he was convicted, told Insider via an email statement: "There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to clear cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to board their tigers during the off season".

The legal representative said the team had flown to Washington DC last week for a discussion with White House aides about a last-minute pardon for Exotic, and claimed that Donald Trump Jr was sympathetic to the cause and had expressed his concern to his father. He hasn't had his hair done in two-and-a-half years.

Trump is expected to leave office January 20, the day Biden is slated to be sworn in as the 46th president.

Exotic wasn't the only celebrity rumoured to be on the pardons list.

Bloomberg reported that the rappers Lil Wayne - who faces prison time for a weapons charge - and Kodak Black - who is serving an nearly four-year sentence after pleading guilty to weapons charges - were also being considered for pardons.

Lil Wayne pleaded guilty last month to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019.

A pardon for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was arrested on fraud charges over the summer, was described as being "TBD", or to be determined.

Lil Wayne appeared to support Trump during last year's presidential campaign when he tweeted a photo of himself with the president and said he backed Trump's criminal justice reform program and economic plan for African Americans.

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