Lil Wayne, Kodak Black Thank Trump for Presidential Pardons

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Lil Wayne is giving former President Donald Trump props for keeping him out of jail.

The “Love Me” rapper took to Twitter Thursday to thank Trump for giving him a presidential pardon just before leaving office. The hip-hop mogul also praised his attorney for helping to make it happen.

“I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!” he wrote on Twitter.

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Lil Wayne endorsed Trump ahead of the November election. On Wednesday morning, the rapper was one of 143 people granted clemency in the hours before Trump departed the White House.

“President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as ‘Lil Wayne,’” the White House said in a news release shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The pardon came after the rapper pleaded guilty last month to a federal charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Trump also commuted the 46-month sentence of rapper Kodak Black, who admitted to falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms. The rapper thanked Trump on Twitter as well.

“I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love,” he tweeted. “It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing.”

While Kodak Black can put this case behind him, his legal troubles are not over because Trump’s commutation does not apply to state charges.

According to Courthouse News, prosecutors in South Carolina are still pursuing a sexual battery case against the Florida rapper, whose real name is Bill Kapri.

Florence County Solicitor Ed Clements told the website he plans to bring the rapper to South Carolina to face a sexual assault charge, although the case has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ll move forward as fast as we can. The pandemic ground court to a halt,” Clements said.

Prosecutors allege Kapri assaulted a woman in a hotel room in 2016, including biting her neck and breast. Police said in an affidavit, her injuries were documented in “a sexual assault kit that was completed by medical personnel.”

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