Die-hard Trump 'warriors' Diamond and Silk were behind former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's pardon by Trump

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Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson
Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson. Twitter/Diamond & Silk
  • Diamond and Silk, the former Fox News personalities and self-styled "warriors" for Trump, were part of a group who argued for the commutation of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's sentence.

  • Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison after being found guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering.

  • Trump granted Kilpatrick a commutation on Tuesday, his last full day as president.

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Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was among the 143 people granted a pardon or clemency by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and he had perhaps the most unlikely of supporters on his side.

Diamond and Silk, the former Fox News personalities who refer to themselves as "warriors" for Trump, signed on in support of the commutation of Kilpatrick's sentence.

It's unclear what connection the two North Carolina natives - real names Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson - have to Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was convicted in 2013 on 24 felony counts related to mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering, and sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Prosecutors said he, along with his father and close associate Bobby Ferguson, engaged in a massive scheme to steer lucrative government contracts to shell companies run by Ferguson, siphoning off more than $5 million from the city of Detroit.

When the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013, Kilpatrick's mayorship was held partly responsible.

"It was citizens of Detroit that suffered when they handed over their hard-earned tax dollars to the city," Judge Nancy Edmunds said during Kilpatrick's sentencing, according to the MinnPost.

Kilpatrick, a lifelong Democrat, had written Trump a letter of support in 2019.

"I first want to congratulate you for the overwhelming and stunning victories of your Presidential campaign, and also the unprecedented success of your first two-years in office," he wrote, according to Deadline Detroit.

"You have shaken up the entire world ... and that is a great thing to behold," he added.

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Kilpatrick's commutation supporters also included Paula White, a Florida televangelist and White House spiritual advisor; criminal justice reformer Alice Marie Johnson, who received a full pardon from Trump after she spoke in support of him at the Republican National Convention last year; and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s cousin Alveda King.

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