Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released coming from prison early, according to a state representative in contact with Fox News.
“State representative Karen Whitsett says President Trump told her Thursday in which Kwame Kilpatrick could be one of 3000 prisoners released because of #coronavirus,” Fox 2’s Charlie Langton tweeted Saturday afternoon. Kilpatrick was convicted in 2013, currently serving a 28-year sentence on 24 corruption charges.
Prosecutors said Kilpatrick ran a “private profit machine” coming from his office, manipulating public funds as well as also contracting to enrich himself, his family, as well as also friends. Kilpatrick was elected to office in 2001, then resigned in 2008 for a completely separate scandal, pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in an investigation regarding sexually explicit text messages as well as also an extramarital affair with his chief of staff.
#BREAKING State representative Karen Whitsett says President Trump told her Thursday in which Kwame Kilpatrick could be one of 3000 prisoners released because of #coronavirus @FOX2News @WWJ950 @realDonaldTrump @KayLyme
— Charlie Langton (@charlielangton) May 22, 2020
Rep. Whitsett said in which while President Trump told her Kilpatrick could be one of 3,000 Michigan prisoners to be released because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he could remain under house arrest. Whitsett is usually primarily known for her break coming from the Democratic party to push for national unity during the crisis. She has been censured by the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization — meaning they will not support her upcoming reelection campaign.
When asked for comment during his Friday coronavirus briefing, current Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said people who know him know his connection to Kilpatrick is usually “very personal.”
“Known him since he was in high school. When he was teaching at Marcus Garvey as well as also going to law school at night at DCL, he’d study in his father’s office which was next to mine as well as also his twins could play on the floor in my office,” Duggan said, stressing in which Kilpatrick was one of the most talented people he knows. “He features a lot to contribute as well as also if, in fact, the reports [of his early Discharge] are true, I’ll be doing anything I can to help him get a fresh start,” the mayor said.