Joe Exotic, the protagonist of “The King of the Tiger,” was not among those pardoned by Donald Trump on his last day in office. In the final hours of his presidency, he pardoned another person – Albert J. Earlier, 73 people received this act of blessing.
The protagonist of The Tiger King, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving a 22-year sentence in a federal prison in Texas. In 2019, he was found guilty of violating federal wildlife law and mandating to murder Carol Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue.
Maldonado Basage, 57, who claimed to be innocent, was also convicted of killing five tigers, among other things.
In requesting pardon, his lawyers said that others had “betrayed” him. Lawyers said he would “likely die in prison” due to health problems.
The colleagues of the former zoo owner were so sure of his pardon that they prepared a limousine for him – I informed the AP. Joe Exotic was supposed to drive her from prison straight to the barber.
Donald Trump in the final hours of his presidency pardoned another person – Albert J. According to CNN, he is the ex-husband of a Trump ally and the well-known Fox News chief Jeanine Piro. Convicted in 2000 of tax fraud.
Earlier, on his last day in office, Trump pardoned 73 people and relaxed the sentences of 70 others. Among those pardoned, among other things, former Trump strategic advisor, Steve Bannon. The president has no longer pardoned himself, his family, or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, although it was previously speculated.
At the end of December, Donald Trump issued an amnesty, among others Former campaign leader Paul Manafort, former adviser to Roger Stone, and businessman Charles Kushner, father of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kocher.
Manafort Weston is a leading figure in the investigation Led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Its so called RussiagateThat is, allegations of Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Earlier, Trump pardoned two other people involved in the scandal Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former National Security Adviser George Papadopoulos.
Manafort led the 2016 Trump campaign. He was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for financial crimes while working in Ukraine. He was one of the first people to be indicted in connection with the Mueller investigation. Since May, he’s been serving his sentence at home – due to the risk of contracting coronavirus in prison.
Despite the amnesty, the New York County District Attorney’s office announced that it would continue to investigate Manafort over allegations of financial crimes committed in the city.
Stone was sentenced in 2019 to 3 years and 4 months in prison for giving false testimony before a Congressional committee on Russiagate. In July, Trump commuted his sentence.
Charles Kushner is sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud chargesThe manipulation of witnesses and illegal contributions to the election campaign. He is the father of Jared Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
As Reuters indicates, the attorney general in the Charles Kushner case was Chris Christie, the former Republican governor of New Jersey who was also an advisor to Trump. Kristi told CNN that The Kushner case was one of the “most hideous and dirty cases” he dealt with.
Trump has known Kushner since his time as a developer and real estate entrepreneur.