- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Snoop Dogg is betting on President Trump not having hard feelings about a mock assassination in the music video “Nightfall Remix” when it comes to his 2021 pardon requests. 

The entertainer, aware of Mr. Trump‘s track record for “getting folks released from prison,” wants Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris pardoned.

“Snoop Dogg has quietly worked with a pair of activists close to the White House and outgoing president as part of a last-ditch effort” on the matter, The Daily Beast reported Monday.

Harris has spent nearly 30 years behind bars for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking-related charges, and he is not scheduled for release until 2028.

“Snoop brought this case to me, and I brought [criminal-justice reform advocate] Alice Johnson on board to help it with me, and she brought it to the West Wing,” activist Weldon Angelos told the website. “In the past, the president has given her the ability to select cases. And she doesn’t get [clemency for] all of them… But with Mr. Harris, she is not taking no for an answer.”

Ms. Johnson’s own life sentence was commuted by Mr. Trump over two years ago after efforts by celebrity Kim Kardashian West.

“Johnson said that during their conference call, the rapper told her how ‘appreciative’ he is of what the president has done ‘in terms of getting folks released from prison,’ in Johnson’s words,” The Daily Beast reported. “She also said Snoop Dogg gave her a message that he wanted her to relay to Trump, which went, in Johnson’s paraphrase of it: ‘I appreciate what you’ve done for some of our brothers, even if you don’t release Mr. Harris.’”

The message was given to Mr. Trump roughly two weeks ago.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment. 

An attempt by the website to obtain Snoop Dogg‘s reaction before publication was also unsuccessful.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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