Rapper Lil Wayne thanked former President Donald Trump for pardoning him in one of his final acts before leaving the White House.
Trump issued a number of pardons and sentence commutations early Wednesday as he prepared to leave the presidency. Among them was Wayne — real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. — who was facing a weapons charge.
The artist took to Twitter on Thursday, writing: “I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community.”
The 38-year-old Grammy-winner also thanked his attorney, “I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love! – Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.”
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Wayne was charged in Florida on Nov. 17 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
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“Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago,” the White House said. “Deion Sanders, who…wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne ‘a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.'”
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The pardon comes months after Wayne outraged some of his fans by making nice with Trump ahead of the November election. On Oct. 29, Wayne shared a picture of himself smiling next to Trump after meeting with him about his administration’s “Platinum Plan,” designed to create jobs and opportunities in the Black community.
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Fellow rapper Kodak Black, who was serving time for weapons charges, was also on Trump’s list of people who received a sentence commutation. The 23-year-old Black — real name Bill K. Kapri — shared a note of gratitude as well on Wednesday.
Bradford Cohen, who worked with both Black and Wayne, told Fox News he is “glad” for his clients.
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“I think President Trump and his administration have been tireless advocates on behalf of the African-American community. These pardons are a perfect example of this administration following up on its reforms and commitments. I thank President Trump for his advocacy towards justice reform.I am glad for both my clients,” Cohen told us.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report