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Kodak Black was released from a federal prison in Illinois after being pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

Black tweeted his thanks to Trump on Wednesday: "I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino."

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But according to reports, prosecutors in South Carolina are preparing to pursue the rapper on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor in Florence County, tells TMZ that he filed a retainer against the rapper and plans to "aggressively" pursue Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri.

Trump commuted Black's 46-month sentence for making a false statement on a federal document to purchase a gun in Florida. Convicted felons can't purchase firearms, and pardons for a federal crime have no impact on state cases.

Prosecutors in S.C. claim Black forced himself on an 18-year-old girl in a hotel room after a Feb. 2016 concert, allegedly raping her and biting her neck and right breast, according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Black's attorney in S.C., Beattie Ashmore, tells TMZ, "Aggressively prosecute? It's been four years. That speaks volumes. Kodak was on bond and on tour for two years before his federal case even began. Ed's a very fine and experienced prosecutor and I look forward to once again speaking with him about this case. It's been awhile."

Black faces up to 30 years in state prison, if convicted.

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Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were granted pardons by President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, received a full pardon on the federal weapons charge he pled guilty to in December.

Black, government name Bill Kapri, received a commutation of his 46-month sentence for falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms in 2019.

Black made headlines last year when he tweeted that he would donate $1 million to charity if Trump released him from prison early.

"President Trump and his administration have been tireless advocates on behalf of the African-American community," Bradford Cohen, attorney for both rappers, told Rolling Stone in a statement. "These pardons are a perfect example of this administration following up on its reforms and commitments."

The pardons were granted on Tuesday night - Trump's final full day in the White House before Joe Biden takes over as POTUS.

Among Trump's list of 143 pardons and commutations is Death Row Records co-founder Michael "Harry-O" Harris who served 32 years in prison for attempted murder and drug trafficking charges.

"That's great work for the president and his team on the way out," said rapper Snoop Dogg who quietly worked with the Trump administration for Harris' release. "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."

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Trump also commuted the prison sentence of former Detroit mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick will walk out of prison a free man after serving nearly 8 years of his 28-year sentence for bribery, racketeering, extortion and fraud charges.

Kilpatrick, 50, cannot hold public office for 20 years after his conviction.

"Tiger King" star Joe Exotic will not be released from prison where he is currently serving a 22-year sentence for masterminding a murder-for-hire plot against rival Carole Baskin.

Exotic was so confident he'd be granted a pardon that he booked a limousine to wait on standby outside the prison walls if his pardon was granted.

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On January 20, 2017, Joe Biden attended the Presidential Inauguration ceremony where Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Former President Barack and Michelle Obama were also in attendance, and they gracefully welcomed Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House afterwards.

Even Hillary Clinton, who lost a hard fought battle for president in 2016, attended Trump's inauguration because it was the right thing to do.

However, Trump will not be in attendance when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president on Wednesday.

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The Trumps departed the White House for the final time early Wednesday morning. After a small ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, they flew home to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, to spend the final hours of his presidency.

There will be no photos of the former and current presidents chatting in the Oval Office while their wives tour the private residence.

There will be no traditional handoff of the nuclear football between the outgoing and incoming presidents.

Trump becomes the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration or welcome him to the White House.

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President Donald Trump may grant 100 pardons and commutations before his term as 45th president of the United States officially ends at 12:01 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Rappers Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter Jr., and Kodak Black, real name Dieuson Octave, may be on Trump's list of 100 pardons that are set to be announced today, Jan. 19.

A source told Fox News that the announcement will likely come Tuesday afternoon, but there is a slight chance the Trump administration will wait until Wednesday morning to make the announcement.

In December 2020, Lil Wayne, 38, pleaded guilty to gun possession by a convicted felon and drug charges stemming from an arrest at a Florida airport in January 2020.

Former "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic is so confident that Trump will favor him with a pardon, that a limousine is waiting outside the prison walls to pick him up on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old former zoo owner and animal trainer is serving a 22-year sentence for animal cruelty and for plotting to kill his rival Carole Baskin.

Trump, 74, may also pardon his close friend and former advisor Steve Bannon, 66, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Despite an aggressive campaign by WikiLeaks and Trump supporters asking Trump to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the president is not expected to pardon him.

It also isn't clear if rapper Kodak Black, 23, is on Trump's list of pardons, although a source previously said Trump was considering him for one.

The troubled rapper was sentenced to serve more than three years in prison on weapons charges in 2019.

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The House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time by a margin of 232-197 for "inciting violence" in the nation's Capitol.

In addition to House Democrats, top Republicans who voted on Wednesday to impeach Trump include Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and 8 others.

Trump is now the first President in American history to be impeached twice.

The article of impeachment accuses Trump of "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" in violation of his oath and duty.

The voting began after a lengthy debate on the House floor that started at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Thousands of National Guard secured the Capitol building and the grounds as the House debated Trump's fate.

Afterwards, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the impeachment articles will be sent to the Senate immediately for a quick conviction.

Hoyer blamed Trump for the political theater that overshadows Joe Biden's inauguration, scheduled for January 20.

"The timing was thrust upon us by the actions of the president of the United States," Hoyer told MSNBC. "The fact that he is leaving should not divert us from holding accountable behavior which many of us believe is treasonous behavior and criminal behavior."

If Trump is convicted by the Senate, he will lose the ability to run for office again, as well as his Secret Service detail, his severance pay, and a $1 million annual travel allowance, among other perks.
 

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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner "need not apply" to an exclusive country club in Florida.

The couple purchased land for $30 million on Indian Creek, considered among the wealthiest neighborhoods in the US. Neighbors include Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, Julio Iglesias, and Carl Icahn.

But owning a plot of land on the private island doesn't guarantee admission to the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club, according to Page Six.

A source tells Page Six, "You have to be nominated and make a formal application. But it only takes one member to object against any new member, and many members are objecting, particularly after the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6."

The source said members of the club were annoyed by Ivanka's "American patriots" tweet following the riots in Washington, DC.

Ivanka, 39, was with her father, President Donald Trump, in DC when he made his infamous speech prior to the riots.

"Jared and Ivanka can lunch with their fellow 'patriots' at Mar-a-Lago," the source said. "The Indian Creek Country Club members are very picky and the word is that Javanka need not apply."

The 300-member club is regarded as Dade County's "most exclusive, and controversial, private society." Admission fees exceed $150,000 a year.

Ivanka's half-sister, Tiffany Trump, is also searching for property in Miami, Page Six reports.

Tiffany, 27, who just graduated from Georgetown Law School, is searching for a condo or a house on South Beach, a source tells Page Six.

She currently lives at the swanky and ultra expensive Setai Hotel on South Beach with her boyfriend Michael Boulous, from a wealthy family in Nigeria.

Ivanka and Tiffany will be near their father who moves permanently to his exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida after he leaves office on January 20.

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Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday for strangling a pregnant woman and cutting her baby from her womb.

Montgomery was put to death at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana on Jan. 13, just after midnight. She declined a Chaplain's offer to pray over her.

When asked if she had any final words, she whispered "No," her voice muffled by a face mask.

Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Outgoing President Donald Trump ordered the executions of four Black men and one woman. Montgomery was the last on Trump's execution list to die before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

Trump's administration executed 10 federal death row inmates in 2020 -- more than any other president in a single year.

Montgomery, 52, won a reprieve on Christmas Eve when a judge granted a stay of execution. But after the Trump administration fought back, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a DC court's stay of execution on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Kansas woman to be put to death.

Nashville public defender Kelley Henry argued that her client suffered from a mental illness caused by childhood abuse, rape and torture. She said Montgomery had been "issued the highest mental health designation."

"The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight," Henry, said in a statement after Montgomery was executed.

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Family members came forward with childhood horror stories of Montgomery being gang raped for hours by her stepfather and his friends, who beat her and urinated on her when they were done.

Montgomery's mother knew about the rapes but did nothing to stop them. She reportedly offered her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs.

Montgomery's unspeakable crimes took place in the sleepy town of Skidmore, Kansas in late 2004. Then-36-years-old, Montgomery met Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder, in an online chatroom.

The killer arranged a meeting with Stinnett at the pregnant woman's home under the pretense that she was going there to purchase a puppy.

Montgomery, who had her tubes tied after the birth of her fourth child, was desperate for a newborn baby to save her marriage.

On Dec. 16, 2004, Montgomery arrived at Stinnett's home and strangled the eight months pregnant woman who fell unconscious.

Montgomery then took an unsanitary kitchen knife and sliced Stinnett's abdomen open, removing the premature baby girl. At some point during the procedure, Stinnett regained consciousness and fought for her life, only to be strangled to death.

Friends and family say Montgomery dressed the newborn baby girl in Winnie the Pooh outfits and paraded her around town as if the child was her own. She named the baby Abigail.

Stinnett's body was discovered by her mother, about an hour after the murder.

The following day, after forensic computer experts traced the online chat communication to Montgomery's computer, she was arrested at her home in Melvern, Kansas.

The newborn girl was returned to her father, Stinnett's grieving husband. The girl is now 16, and lives a quiet life out of the public eye.

Montgomery was the only woman on death row in the U.S. and the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 67 years.

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After spending a few days golfing at his Florida resort, President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC, and spoke for the first time since the Capitol riots.

Speaking to a small pool of reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump warned Democrats that their efforts to impeach him for a second time is "causing tremendous anger" among his base.

House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment on Monday, saying they have enough votes to impeach Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 13, just days before his term as President is set to end.

Trump said the impeachment is "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics."

"We want no violence," he said, before adding that his January 6th speech was "totally appropriate."

5 people died in the clashes at the Capitol building after Trump's fiery speech in DC on Wednesday. Among the dead is a 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot in the neck by a DC cop.

The FBI says armed protests are set to take place in all 50 states prior to the inauguration on January 20.

Trump boasted, "we have support probably like nobody's ever seen before."

Trump was permanently banned on Twitter and Facebook for "inciting violence" in the nation's Capitol.

The President condemned the social media blackout and said he warned his followers he would be banned on Twitter and Facebook.

"This will be a catastrophic mistake for them," he said. "They are dividing and divisive."
 

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Americans are waking up to the sobering news that America has no functional leadership at the moment. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, is missing in action.

The nation is divided as lawmakers point fingers at each other, saying laptop thefts from the offices of top Democrats during last week's Capitol riots was an inside job.

The head of the Capitol police resigned days after the January 6 protests, and a DC police officer who was assigned to protect the Senate wing during the riots took his own life on Saturday.

Thousands of national guard boots are on the ground in Washington, DC. There is fear of an imminent attack by foreign countries, as the U.S. government collapses.

Powerful generators were installed on the grounds of the Capitol building -- in case a nuke takes out DC's power grid.

Meanwhile, millions celebrated when Twitter and Facebook permanently banned Trump last week.

Singer Keri Hilson called for her peers to wake up and see the bigger picture -- that suppression of freedom of speech of a world leader is a threat to all of us.

Hilson wrote:

"This may be funny, but it is a little dangerous too. Take Trump out of it for a moment... A Democracy must include freedom of speech. Imagine other leaders or popular figures not being able to voice their opinion if it opposes the majority of world leaders... Our freedom of speech being taken from us, slowly but surely (censorship). If the leader of the "free world" can be removed, imagine that same right of civilians. Imagine believing every time you read "false information detected" and propaganda, deceptive reports, and flat out lies being the only thing we see."

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Retired Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerney confirmed that a laptop taken from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during last week's Capitol riots is in the hands of military special forces.

"I've seen the laptop our special forces took out," McInerney told a group of reporters at the White House on Saturday.

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Pelosi and other top Democratic lawmakers are in a state of panic after laptops, USB drives, and sensitive documents were stolen from their offices while they huddled together inside the Capitol building during the riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

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Terrified Congressional staffers barricaded doors as lawmakers were ordered to evacuate their offices -- leaving their laptops and other sensitive documents unsecured while rioters ransacked their offices.

In addition to Pelosi's missing laptop, an aide tweeted that a laptop that was "only used for presentations" was removed from a conference room.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, also reported a laptop was stolen from his office during the Capitol riots.

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House Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, is very vocal that President Trump be removed from office "immediately." Jeffries is the leading contender to succeed Pelosi as House speaker.

"Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well as our democracy," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "That's why House Democrats are united in demanding and seeking his immediate removal."

Trump was permanently kicked off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram last week. The Trump campaign's email server was shut down by its host to prevent dissemination of sensitive contents. And conservative social media websites Parler and Gab.com were threatened by their hosts.

Theft of property from Congressional lawmakers is a federal crime -- unless the theft is covered under a presidential executive order.

In 2018, Trump signed an executive order calling for the seizure of assets from anyone who "directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in a United States election."

Trump has loudly and repeatedly accused the Democrats of engaging in election fraud. But 60 lower courts found no evidence of voter fraud.

"We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on an out-of-control executive branch," Jeffries told Meet the Press on Sunday. "Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion."

He said a resolution will be introduced on Monday, charging Trump with inciting sedition.

"It's my expectation that on Monday, a privileged resolution will be introduced that will charge the President of the United States with inciting sedition."
 

 

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