Tiger King fans may have something to cheer about this week, as it is possible that President Donald Trump may issue a pardon for Joe Exotic. His legal team has a meeting with President Trump on January 6.
Tiger King star Exotic originally filed for a presidential pardon last year. At the time, the Office of Pardon Attorney rejected the request back in September. Exotic and his team were not having it, as they went on to sue the Department of Justice.
OK! previously reported that the six-page complaint filed by Exotic’s lawyer stated that the disgraced zookeeper was demanding that the DOJ make a recommendation for his pardon request directly to the President. They stated the request was rejected without sending it to Trump. This case was later thrown out after Exotic’s team learned that Trump did actually see the pardon.
And now Exotic’s legal team, led by Eric Love, will be meeting with President Trump in D.C. on Wednesday. This is the same day that Congress will be voting to ratify Joe Biden as the next president. Daily Mail reports that Trump may be considering pardoning several people on January 6, as it would serve as a distraction from what is happening with Congress and Biden.
Love and his team will fly to Washington, D.C., for this “high level” meeting, which has the support of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. So, how will they convince Trump to issue a pardon for the Tiger King?
Sources claim that Love knows how to stroke the ego of Trump, which is why a January 6 meeting date worked out well for him.
Trump has been trying to fight the election results since November, so why not distract the media’s attention with a pardon to Joe Exotic? Having another big story to talk about would be the perfect fit for Exotic’s legal team, which Trump might eat up.
In that six-page complaint, they stated, “Many people have come out and publicly expressed their disagreement with Joe Exotic’s conviction and subsequent sentence. Among those, are members of the president’s own family. Donald Trump Junior has been an advocate for Joe Exotic to be pardoned.” That could also help Exotic's case.
Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for plotting to kill big-cat rights activist Carole Baskin. He was also convicted in 2019 on eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.