Lil Wayne's Lawyer Says Trump Support Wasn't Done for Pardon

  /  01.20.2021

Lil Wayne was among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump in the final hours of his presidency.

The Young Money rapper met with the president during a campaign stop in October at a time when Trump was trying to improve his standing with Black voters. He tweeted a photo with Trump and shared his support for the president’s criminal justice reform efforts, prompting backlash from some of his fans.

Just weeks later, Wayne was charged with illegally possessing a firearm after agents discovered a .45-caliber handgun during a search of his private plane in December 2019. He pleaded guilty and was facing up to 10 years in prison at a sentencing originally scheduled for later this month.

However, Wayne’s looming gun charge, which had been under investigation for nearly a year, was not the reason for his meeting with Trump, says his lawyer Bradford Cohen. In an interview with The New York Times, Cohen acknowledged that while it may have ultimately helped the pardon decision, it was not why Wayne supported Trump during his re-election campaign.

“It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” said Cohen. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out.”

Cohen, who applied for a pardon right after Wayne was charged in November, said that his client was “thrilled” with the president’s decision. Wayne’s application was supported in letters from NFL legend Deion Sanders and Brett Berish, the CEO of Sovereign Brands.

Cohen, who represented Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, also successfully advocated for Kodak Black. The “Tunnel Vision” rapper was serving a 46-month sentence for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm, but his sentence was commuted. He could be released from a federal prison outside of Chicago as soon as today.

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


Nicki Minaj Appears To Respond To Her Divorce Rumors After Making "Single" Announcement

Earlier in the week, Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows with a “single” announcement.

Gucci Mane's Former 1017 Artist Enchanting On Life Support

Enchanting’s family updated fans after the “Want Sum” rapper was erroneously reported dead online: “She’s ...

50 Cent Faces Backlash For Seemingly Downplaying Michael Rainey Jr. Being Sexual Assaulted

50 Cent landed in hot water after seemingly “brushing off his own employee’s sexual assault” ...

Tyla Smoothly Sidesteps "Coloured" Vs. "Black" Question During "The Breakfast Club" Appearance

Tyla was asked why she refers to herself as “Coloured,” to which she simply smiled ...
View More

Sponsored Stories