Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better identified as Joe Bizarre or the “Tiger King,” has submitted an software program for a pardon to the Trump administration, to be hand-dropped on the White Home Thursday.
In inquiring for clemency, he submitted a handwritten letter where he calls President Trump his hero and invoked Mr. Trump’s criticism of federal investigators.
“I in actual fact accept as true with considered what they enact to you,” he writes to the president. He wrote that he had voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, the an identical year he temporarily ran for president.
The Netflix vital person’s approved argument for a pardon is that he used to be “approved some homosexual, gun-toting redneck in Oklahoma” earlier than his recent “Tiger King” fame, and that he didn’t rep an perfect trial.
“My fogeys and my existence and all the pieces we ever labored for used to be stolen by criminals who obtained all the pieces,” the letter says.
Maldonado-Passage is also asking that the conventional five-year wait time for a presidential pardon be waived for his case, beseeching the president to “snoop on the millions who see the reality” and “your possess son Donald Jr.”
“Allow me to make you proud, to make The USA proud, to make the field proud. Be my hero please,” he wrote.
Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal jail sentence in Fort Price for his characteristic in a extinguish-for-rent pickle to verify out to extinguish Florida natural world sanctuary owner Carole Baskin. The bitter contention between Maldonado-Passage, a conventional big cat zoo owner in Oklahoma, and Baskin used to be the subject of the hit Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Abolish, Mayhem and Insanity.”
The president has beforehand said he would “survey into” a pardon for the actuality TV vital person, and Donald Trump Jr. says his father has requested him what’s going on with the case.
Baskin tried to shut Maldonado-Passage’s zoo down for allegedly abusing animals and promoting tiger cubs, while he, in flip over again and over again accused Baskin of killing her first husband, Don Lewis, who mysteriously disappeared in 1997. Maldonado-Passage claimed that Baskin had fed Lewis to their tigers. Baskin has emphatically denied that she had anything to enact with Lewis’ disappearance. However the ex-wife of a conventional employee of Baskin and Lewis has approved advance forward to allege that her ex-husband might maybe perchance additionally had been animated about Lewis’ extinguish. He has denied the claim. She urged her legend to “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger, whose document, will air on a numerous “48 Hours” on Wednesday at 10/9c on CBS.
Mr. Trump’s sample of granting clemency to celebrities and folk with vital person advocates has prompted questions in regards to the pardon direction of in his administration.
In 2018, after a gathering with Kim Kardashian, Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, who used to be serving a existence sentence for her nonviolent involvement in a cocaine trafficking operation. Johnson spoke on the Republican convention last month, and later, Mr. Trump issued her a fats pardon.
Two years later, he commuted the sentence of conventional Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who used to be serving a 14-year sentence for corruption expenses linked to his are attempting to promote the Senate seat of President Obama. The disgraced governor used to be also a conventional “Celeb Apprentice” contestant.
Learn Maldonado-Passage’s letter here: