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Snoop Dogg praises Donald Trump’s pardon of Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris 

Rap mogul Snoop Dogg saluted the ‘great work’ President Trump and his administration did ‘on the way out’ after he learned that cocaine kingpin Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris was pardoned. 

Snoop learned of the president’s pardon of the 59-year-old while on a Sunday Zoom call with reform advocates Alice Johnson and Weldon Angelos. 

‘That’s great work for the president and his team on the way out,’ Snoop Dogg said, according to the New York Post. 

‘They did some great work while they was in there and they did some great work on their way out. Let them know that I love what they did.’

Michael 'Harry O' Harris

Snoop Dogg learned of the president’s pardon of Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris while on a Sunday Zoom call with reform advocates Alice Johnson and Weldon Angelos

'That's great work for the president and his team on the way out,' Snoop Dogg said. The pair pictured in 2011 at the Roast of Donald Trump

‘That’s great work for the president and his team on the way out,’ Snoop Dogg said. The pair pictured in 2011 at the Roast of Donald Trump

He continued:  ‘It is amazing what the work of God can actually bring to life to make people understand that there is a God.’

Trump pardoned the Death Row Records co-founder and former drug kingpin after a secret campaign by rapper Snoop Dogg, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. 

Harris, 59, is set to be released from a California federal prison Tuesday after 32 years behind bars for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking. 

Snoop Dogg, who rapped under Harris’ infamous record label in the 1990s alongside Dr Dre and Tupac Shakur, enlisted Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and justice reform campaigners to convince Trump. 

The last-ditch attempt succeeded on Monday when the outgoing president signed Harris’ pardon. DailyMail.com understands White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows advised Trump against signing the pardon, but the 45th president was swayed by his family. 

Donald Trump has pardoned Death Row Records co-founder and former drug kingpin Michael ¿Harry O¿ Harris after a secret campaign by rapper Snoop Dogg, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Harris, 59, is set to be released from a California federal prison Tuesday after 32 years behind bars for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking.

Donald Trump has pardoned Death Row Records co-founder and former drug kingpin Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris after a secret campaign by rapper Snoop Dogg, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. Harris, 59, is set to be released from a California federal prison Tuesday after 32 years behind bars for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking.

Michael Harris' right hand man Al Brown with the former drug baron's friends and family wait for his imminent release in from prison in Lompoc, California  on Tuesday

Michael Harris’ right hand man Al Brown with the former drug baron’s friends and family wait for his imminent release in from prison in Lompoc, California  on Tuesday

Harris’ family and friends arrived at Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution on Tuesday morning in a black Rolls Royce, ready to welcome the former drug baron as he steps out for his first taste of freedom since 1988. His sentence was due to last until 2028. 

The erstwhile drug king helped run a multi-million dollar rap music empire from his cell after founding the parent company for Death Row Records with a $1.5 million investment.

Alongside his dealings with drug cartels, Harris ran a string of successful legitimate businesses, including a theatre company that gave actor Denzel Washington his first break.

Harris was convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping 1988, but has since reinvented himself as an activist while inside, campaigning for prison reform.

Ivanka and Jared lobbied to get Harris released

President Trump has pardoned Death Row's Harris

Snoop Dogg enlisted Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and justice reform campaigners to convince Trump of the pardon

Snoop Dogg  rapped under Harris¿ infamous record label in the 1990s alongside Dr Dre and Tupac Shakur

Snoop Dogg  rapped under Harris’ infamous record label in the 1990s alongside Dr Dre and Tupac Shakur

Criminal justice reform advocate Alice Johnson, who had her life sentence commuted by Trump in 2018, told the Daily Beast she had been lobbying Ivanka, Jared and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to get Harris released.

‘The president knows how much this case means to me,’ she said. ‘In reviewing Michael Harris’ case, his story, and what he’s gone through, this is such an unfair case… He should have been home a decade ago.’

Trump commuted Johnson’s multi-decade sentence after a meeting in the oval office with Kim Kardashian, who was pushing for justice reform and Johnson’s release.

Harris’ successful pardon campaign started on December 26, when Snoop asked for help from former music producer and federal prisoner Weldon Angelos, who was also pardoned by Trump last month.

‘Snoop brought this case to me, and I brought Alice Johnson on board to help it with me, and she brought it to the West Wing,’ Angelos told the Daily Beast on Sunday.

At 20 Harris  started selling crack cocaine, making close connections with both the infamous Bloods and Rolling 60s Crips gangs

 At 20 Harris  started selling crack cocaine, making close connections with both the infamous Bloods and Rolling 60s Crips gangs

The label Death Row Records is behind music legends Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur (right) and Snoop Dogg (left,) Harris' successful pardon campaign started on December 26, when Snoop asked for help from former music producer and federal prisoner Weldon Angelos, who was also pardoned by Trump last month

The label Death Row Records is behind music legends Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur (right) and Snoop Dogg (left,) Harris’ successful pardon campaign started on December 26, when Snoop asked for help from former music producer and federal prisoner Weldon Angelos, who was also pardoned by Trump last month

Alongside his dealings with drug cartels, Harris ran a string of successful legitimate businesses, including a theatre company that gave actor Denzel Washington his first break

Alongside his dealings with drug cartels, Harris ran a string of successful legitimate businesses, including a theatre company that gave actor Denzel Washington his first break

The pardon is among a slew of clemencies Trump has granted in his final days in office, with other recipients including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime confidant Roger Stone.

Harris’ attorney, Bruce Zucker, told DailyMail.com that Harris’ release was long overdue and his 20-year sentence was ‘unduly harsh’.

‘It occurred during the 1980s, at a time when then Presidents Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush authorized legislation that imposed draconian penalties for drug offenses, which primarily and adversely affected young African American men living in the inner-city, such as Mr. Harris,’ Zucker said.

‘This commutation is more than equitable, and it is long overdue. We are all grateful for the hard work on this case by prison reform professionals Alice Johnson, Weldon Angeleno, and artist Snoop Dogg, as well as private investigator and sentencing expert John Brown.’

The attorney said Harris spent 23 years in state prison over a first-degree attempted murder conviction, until ‘the alleged victim of his crime recanted’ in 2011.

But instead of being released, Harris was transferred to federal prison to begin serving a 235-month sentence for his drug crimes.

The pardoned former drug lord’s right hand man, Al Brown, who has been friends with Harris for decades, said he had been waiting for Harris’ release ’33 long years’.

‘You don’t even know how it feels right now,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘Mike was never a bad guy. He did a lot of good on the streets. He was successful as a businessman before he left prison.

Harris' ttorney Bruce Zucker

Harris’ ttorney Bruce Zucker

‘Now he wants to give back. For the last 20 or so years he’s been creating programs. He was able to get San Quentin News back up and running, with him as the Editor-In-Chief. He’s done a lot for the youth up in Richmond, California.’ 

The Death Row founder’s lawyers had tried to get him out early on compassionate grounds last year, arguing that he suffered from an autoimmune disease and that an outbreak of coronavirus at his Lompoc prison put him at severe risk – but the request was denied.

Harris’ desire to help the less fortunate may stem from his hard-knock childhood, growing up in South Central Los Angeles in the ‘low bottoms’ neighborhood and spending his school years shining shoes for ‘high-rollers and players’.

He had a musical upbringing – classically trained by his next-door neighbor, Mrs Payne, as a pianist and joined his school band playing the Trombone and Drums. He also went on to take classes in acting at college.

But aged 20 he started selling crack cocaine, making close connections with both the infamous Bloods and Rolling 60s Crips gangs.

TRUMP’S HIGH-PROFILE PARDONS

JOSEPH ARPAIO Pardoned August 25, 2017 (right)

Ex-sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Contempt of court. 

KRISTIAN SACUIER Pardoned March 9. 2018.

Navy submariner. Broke national security laws by photographing inside sub

LEWIS ‘SCOOTER’ LIBBY Pardoned April 13, 2018

Dick Cheney’s chief of staff who perjured himself and lied to the FBI

JACK JOHNSON Posthumously pardoned May 24, 2018

First black heavyweight boxing champion. Brought white girlfriend across state lines

DINESH D’SOUZA Pardoned May 31, 2018

Ultra-conservative provocateur. Illegal campaign contributions

ALICE JOHNSON Sentence commuted June 6, 2018. Pardoned August 28, 2020

Life sentence for money laundering and involvement in drug trafficking. Trump was lobbied by Kim Kardashian for clemency

Johnson (second left) was the highest-profile of a group of drugs offenders Kim Kardashian (second right) pushed Trump to free

Johnson (second left) was the highest-profile of a group of drugs offenders Kim Kardashian (second right) pushed Trump to free

CONRAD BLACK Pardoned May 15, 2019

Looted his newspaper empire while he was CEO. Wrote Trump biography 

MATTHEW GOLSTEYN  Pardoned November 15, 2019

Green Beret charged with murdering Taliban bombmaker

MICHAEL MILIKEN Pardoned February 18, 2020

1980s Wall Street  ‘junk bond king’ who served two years for securities fraud

BERNARD KERIK Pardoned February 18, 2020

Rudy Giuliani’s last NYPD commissioner, jailed for tax evasion and lies

ROD BLAGOJEVICH Pardoned February 18, 2020

Democratic Illinois governor who tried to sell Obama’s Senate seat, before appearing on The Apprentice

ROGER STONE Sentence commuted July 10,2020. Pardoned December 23, 2020

Veteran GOP dirty trickster and on-off adviser to Trump. Lied to Congress and witness tampered. Now reliable Trump booster who was in D.C. on eve of MAGA riot

Salute: Roger Stone offered his notorious Nixon-style double-V at a Trump rally on Capitol Hill on January 5, the eve of the MAGA riot

Salute: Roger Stone offered his notorious Nixon-style double-V at a Trump rally on Capitol Hill on January 5, the eve of the MAGA riot

SUSAN B. ANTHONY Pardoned posthumously August 18, 2020 

Suffragist who died in 1906 and was convicted of illegally voting in 1873. Her foundation rejected the idea she would have accepted a pardon

MIKE FLYNN Pardoned November 25, 2020

Three star general turned Trump’s fist national security advisor. Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about talks with Russia’s ambassador and tried to reverse his plea while represented by ‘Kraken’ attorney Sidney Powell. Later pushed Trump to introduce martial law

WELDON ANGELOS Pardoned December 22, 2020

Snoop Dogg producer convicted of drug and gun charges

ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN Pardoned December 22, 2020

Dutch lawyer who lied to the FBI during Mueller probe

GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS Pardoned December 22,2020

One-time Trump campaign adviser who lied to the FBI. His claims of knowledge of Russian knowledge of DNC emails started the Russia probe

CHRIS COLLINS Pardoned December 22, 2020

Republican congressman from upstate New York and insider trader. First member of Congress to endorse Trump

DUNCAN HUNTER Pardoned December 22,2020

California Republican congressman who looted his own campaign funds for his, his wife’s and his mistress’ lifestyles. Second congressman to endorse Trump. Wife Margaret – who informed on him in plea deal – was pardoned the following day

NICHOLAS SLATTEN, PAUL SLOUGH, EVAN LIBERTY, DUSTIN HEARD Pardoned December 22,2020 

Four Blackwater contractors were convicted on charges including murder and manslaughter for killing 14 Iraqis in massacre in Nisour Square, Baghdad. Fox News Pete Hegseth lobbied for their release

PAUL MANAFORT Pardoned December 23,2020

Trump campaign chairman (pictured) who admitted conspiracy against the U.S., and was convicted of tax and bank fraud as part of Mueller probe. Still has to forfeit his ill-gotten millions

CHARLES KUSHNER Pardoned December 23, 2020

Jared’s father and billionaire real-estate developer. He set up his brother-in-law with a prostitute in retaliation for him cooperating in a federal probe, and committed tax fraud 

He grew a vast distribution network reaching New York, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois, supplied by Colombian drug cartels, according to the DEA.

Alongside his drug empire, Harris also launched a limousine company, a deli, an electrical contracting business and a Beverly Hills hair salon, all aided by his ex-wife, Lydia, who he met just two years before his incarceration, and who he married and divorced while in prison.

Though now defunct, in its heyday Death Row Records was one of Harris’ most successful ventures, selling 18 million albums and earning more than $325 million in its first four years alone, launching to stardom west coast rap legends including Dr. Dre, NWA, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, and was widely credited with changing the face of 90s hip hop.

The 57-year-old is currently being held at a Federal Correctional Facility in Lompoc, California, where he is visited by family (pictured)

The 57-year-old is currently being held at a Federal Correctional Facility in Lompoc, California, where he is visited by family (pictured)

But for more than 20 years Harris has been full of remorse, and believes he has long been ready to rejoin society a changed man. 

‘I had strong relationships with both the Bloods and the Crips. I was a player who knew how to get things done from the streets to suites. Back then I was blinded by the greed and the false sense of power,’ he told the LA Times in 1997.

‘I know now that selling dope was a big mistake. Look what it did to my family. Look what it did to the community. Look where I ended up.’

In 2019 Harris spoke exclusively to DailyMailTV, pledging to ‘give back’ to the communities he came from.

‘Over 30 years ago, I was part of the problem. However, over the years I have repeatedly proven myself to be part of the solution.

‘It’s about returning to society with my newfound vision, talents, and insights [and] giving back to the communities where my help is so desperately needed.’

Harris said he hopes to take his ‘implanted wisdom’ back into the streets so he can share what he’s learned to help heal broken communities.

‘I know that from the moment I’m free I will work tiredly to help change lives.’

Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc in Northern California where Harris has been imprisoned

Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc in Northern California where Harris has been imprisoned

He added: ‘I am a man who has experienced incredible highs and incredible lows. I am a man who came to prison a boy and who will emerge as a grown man.’

Harris came up with his record label’s name while temporarily housed on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison.

After the death of Tupac in 1996 and the departure of some of the label’s bigger acts, Death Row’s success began to dwindle and co-founder Suge Knight wasn’t paying Harris what he deserved.

As a result Harris and ex-wife Lydia filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit and were awarded a $107 million judgment against the record label and Knight.

Knight is currently serving 28 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after driving his truck into two men, killing one, Terry Carter, following a row in Compton, California.


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