Trump Officially Pardons Kodak Black and Lil Wayne

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

20 Jan 2021

In his final major act as POTUS, Donald Trump has given rappers Kodak Black & Lil Wayne presidential pardons. It was rumoured that a move like this was on the card but for Kodak who has been in jail since 2019, and Wayne who was facing federal gun charges it must come as a huge relief.

Kodak has been seeking Trumps help for a while, just in November he offered to donate $1 million to charity if Trump would pardon him before leaving the White House.

Bradford Cohen, who represents both Kodak and Wayne, confirmed the pardons in a statement given to XXL saying: “President Trump and his administration have been tireless advocates on behalf of the African-American community. These pardons is a perfect example of this administration following up on its reforms and commitments. Thank you to President Trump for his advocacy and dedication to justice reform.”

Trump gave a pardon to Steve Bannon a key strategist and adviser to the President during his 2016 campaign. Bannon in August last year was charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

He also pardoned Anthony Levandowski a former Google employ who stole secret technology related to the company’s self-driving cars and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who was sentenced to 28 years for racketeering, bribery and extortion.