President Donald Trump is reportedly set to pardon Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty last month to illegally possessing a loaded weapon.
On Monday, two sources told Fox News that Trump is expected to issue between 50 and 100 commutations and pardons before he leaves office Wednesday. Reportedly, the “Lollipop” rapper is expected to be on the list.
The insiders say the announcement will likely come in one large batch on Tuesday, but could come Wednesday morning.
Trump has until noon on Wednesday to pardon or commute anyone he pleases.
As TMZ reported, authorities received a tip to search the MC’s private jet at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on December 23, 2019.
When they boarded the plane, the hip-hop artist, born Dwayne Carter, reportedly told them he had a gun in his bag.
In addition to finding a gold-plated Remington 1911, a .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition, police also allege they found a bag containing cocaine, ecstasy, and oxycodone.
After the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged the rapper last November, Wayne's attorney, Howard Srebnick, told TMZ, "There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it, or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person."
"The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm,” Srebnick added, referencing Wayne’s 2009 felony gun charge in New York.
Wayne later pleaded guilty to the December 2019 incident in federal court and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Regardless of Trump’s potential pardon, TMZ sources said the government has reportedly agreed to recommend a lighter sentence because of Wayne’s guilty plea.
In October of this year, Wayne met with Trump to discuss a variety of issues, including criminal reform.
“He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done,” Wayne wrote on Twitter.
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
Trump later told reporters that Wayne asked for the meeting and that, “He’s a really nice guy. He’s really an activist in a very positive way.”