During recent weeks of the presidential transition, rapper and TV personality 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 to convince Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris, The Daily Beast has learned.
In the final, dark and deadly days of the Trump administration, the effort has indeed gotten the attention of the president, according to one of the activists with whom the rap artist has been communicating.
“The president knows about it. I’ve spoken with Ivanka [Trump] and I’ve spoken with Jared [Kushner], and I’ve been told that President Trump is aware of the case and has been reviewing it,” Alice Johnson, a criminal-justice reform advocate whose life sentence was commuted by Trump roughly two and a half years ago, said in an interview on Sunday evening. “I’ve spoken to [White House chief of staff] Mark Meadows about it, and he said he’d take a look at it.”