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Tiger King star Joe Exotic’s legal team en route to Washington to ask Donald Trump for a pardon

JOE Exotic's new legal team is driving their tour bus to Washington DC to ask President Trump to pardon the Tiger King star.

Team Tiger's leader, Eric Love, shared a video update from the official "Please Pardon Joe Exotic" tour bus that has been on the road since Monday morning.

The team are taking the 1,350 mile drive from Fort Worth, Texas, and have been getting lots of support from Joe's fans along the way as they pass through Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, TMZ reports.

The docu-drama star is serving a 22-year jail sentence after being found guilty of paying a hitman to kill animal activist Carole Baskin, and of killing tigers to make room for more exotic cats in his animal park.

The Tiger King said he is "thrilled" by the public's reaction to his Netflix series and wants to become a "criminal justice reformer."

Exotic has reportedly also filed a $94 million federal lawsuit against the government for alleged civil rights violations.

Love and the rest of the Exotic's legal team are hoping their trip to the nation's capital will grab the President's interest to get him a presidential pardon, something that Trump had been floating before.

In a TV twist, Team Tiger's argument is that Joe's not guilty of trying to get Carole Baskin killed as he was actually framed.

Exotic's lawyers are also appealing Joe's conviction and pursuing a malicious prosecution lawsuit against several people involved in his criminal trial.

They point out that Joe told everyone who would listen that he wanted Carol dead - so they say it is unlikely he would be foolish enough to plot to do it.

A presidential pardon of Joe Exotic could work in Trump's favour too as Joe's freedom and massive fan base could well help him in November.

The publicity stunt also appeals to Trumps ego, one that is often based around TV-ratings, as well as his love of showmanship. The bus literally has Trump written right across it too.

The president earlier said he would take a look at the high-profile case.

When asked about the felon's conviction in April, he said: "I know nothing about it... he has 22 for what?

"What did he do?"

The president then turned the question on the reporter, asking: "You think he didn't do it?

"Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon?"

Donald Trump Jr, the president's son, previously joked he should be pardoned.

Last month, Trump Jr. told radio hosts: "Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with…,"

"I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t.

"It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, ‘We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,' I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive."

Team Tiger should arrive in Washington DC Tuesday afternoon.

Donald Trump vows to 'take a look' at Tiger King Joe Exotic's murder-for-suicide conviction after asking White House reporters if they'd PARDON him

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