Tiger King star Joe Exotic is roaring mad at President Trump and the US Justice Department for refusing to grant him a Presidential Pardon.
According to a report, Exotic, legal name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, filed a lawsuit against the President and the DOJ for rejecting his pardon application, arguing that because his request was not rejected by Trump himself, it’s invalid.
Exotic is serving a 22-year prison stint for being convicted of soliciting a hit on archnemesis Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist that targeted his “zoo” facility for animal cruelty and neglect.
In a tale so convoluted it inspired a Netflix series, Exotic claims he was actually framed for the would-be murder of Baskin, by a business associate that was attempting a coup to take over his Nebraska wildlife park.
Now as bonus content, the lawsuit complains that Acting Pardon Attorney Rosalind Sargent-Burns didn’t forward Exotic’s Sept. 8 pardon application directly to the President, as the lawsuit alleges is a requirement as an advisor to Trump, who has the sole authority to pardon prisoners. Instead, a rejection response was emailed two days later.
The lawsuit names Donald Trump Jr. as an advocate for his release. “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.”
Trump Jr. commented that Exotic’s sentencing seemed disproportionately harsh on a SiriusXM radio show in April.
“Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with… I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t,” he remarked. “It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, “We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,” I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive.”
Later joking that there was one real tragedy that was exposed in the series. “But do you know what the real tragedy of that whole situation is? None of us knew until now that you could have had a pet tiger for two grand.”