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‘Tiger King’s’ attorney believes they’re close to getting pardon from Trump


“Tiger King” Joe Exotic’s attorney said he believes they are close to getting a presidential pardon from President Trump.

Eric Love, an attorney for Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldano-Passage, told ABC News that he thinks the pardon is possible as the Trump presidency finishes its final weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

“We are waiting on the pen to hit the paper, we think we are very, very close,” Love told the network. 

A source confirmed to ABC News that the White House has “heard from the Tiger King,” who was requesting a pardon.

“You wouldn’t believe the amount of calls, some insane, we’ve gotten,” the source said, describing the different appeals for pardons.

The White House did not immediately provide a comment. 

Maldano-Passage, a star of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” previously submitted an application asking for a pardon in September. He has alleged that prosecutors lied in his case that resulted in a 22-year federal prison sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme against fellow “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin. 

He wrote in a letter to Trump, “If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you, not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what you believe no matter what anyone thinks.

Love’s comments about Maldano-Passage’s possible pardon come as discussions revolving around pardons have ramped up as Trump’s presidency wanes down. 

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump has talked with advisers about potentially pardoning his three eldest children, his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested on Monday that Trump pardon himself and his family members to avoid prosecution from a Biden Justice Department. 

His recommendation followed an op-ed from Andrew Weissmann, a deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller, which urged the next administration to investigate and prosecute Trump.

Last week, Trump issued a pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to charges from the Mueller investigation. 

Tags Biden transition Donald Trump Jared Kushner Joe Biden Joe Exotic Pardon presidential pardon Robert Mueller Rudy Giuliani Sean Hannity tiger king

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