Death Row Records Co-Founder Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris Thanks Trump In 1st Interview Since Pardon
The co-founder of Death Row Records served 23 years in a state penitentiary for attempted murder and kidnapping. Prosecutors of the case alleged that he believed someone in his drug ring was stealing from him and had two accomplices fatally shoot him in a desert. He was released seven years early after Donald Trump pardoned him before exiting the Presidential office.
Snoop Dogg, MC Hammer, and billionaire Chris Redlitz teamed up with criminal justice reform activists, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, to help get him clemency.
Michael Harris reflected on his release and told The Daily Mail,
“It was an awestruck moment. I’m riding in the car with my folks and we coming back from the prison. I just had a [peace] of mind and I said ‘I don’t feel it.’ They said ‘what?’ I said ‘I don’t feel what I just left.”
“That does not mean I didn’t get the insight from the 33 years, the wisdom. But for that moment I felt like I had never been in prison. That’s how powerful freedom is. I have a second chance to make different choices.”
He went on to salute the former President and added,
“I appreciate Donald Trump, his children, his son-in-law. Whyever he did it, he did it, when so many others wouldn’t do it. First of all I’m grateful that God did whatever God do to get me to sit in this seat. And whatever vessel he used.”
He explained that he tried to get a pardon during Barack Obama’s presidency, but things didn’t turn out the way he hoped.
“I put in for clemency with Obama and it had to go through so many bureaucratic loopholes it never got to him I don’t believe. But it didn’t happen on his watch. There’s not a dime of difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes down to results to me at this point. Until that change, I don’t have a dog in the fight, unless the people that’s in power deal with the people that are powerless in a respectful way.”
He added that several other rappers took the same path he did but just didn’t get as much jail time for it. He referenced rapper Jay-Z and added,
“I’m one of the guys who went to jail. You got some rappers now who are worth billions of dollars who say they did the same thing I did, they just did it and got out. I didn’t get out in time, but my intentions was just like theirs, whether it be Jay-Z or whoever.”
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