A few days after Mayers was arrested, two Trump allies — Darrell Scott, a pastor, and Kareem Lanier, co-chairman of Scott's nonprofit, the Urban Revitalization Coalition — got involved in the case.
In conversations with Mayers' manager, John Ehmann, Scott and Lanier say they didn't ask for anything but gratitude in exchange for their intervention in the case, which they said Ehmann agreed to.
Scott and Lanier then took the issue to White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law. Kushner was also reportedly hearing about this case from Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West.
Kushner took the situation to President Trump, who then assigned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take the lead in securing Mayers' release.
President Trump spoke to Scott and Lanier in person on July 12 when he was in Cleveland, and later on the phone with Scott, asking for their opinions about Mayers. They vouched for him and encouraged the president to work on his behalf. About a week later, Trump began speaking publicly about his desire to see Mayers released.
Despite Trump's advocacy, the efforts ultimately didn't seem to make much difference, as Mayers was not released until his trial ended on Aug. 2. He was later convicted of the assault, but not sentenced to any further jail time.
The rapper released a generic statement of gratitude, but didn't mention Scott, Lanier, or President Trump for their efforts. Scott said it was "embarrassing" to have to tell Kushner that Mayers and his team were unresponsive after his release.
"I was like, man, you ungrateful motherf***ers, you," Lanier said, recalling a conversation with Mayers' manager. "I can't believe you. We didn't ask you guys for nothing other than for you guys to be grateful. We just want you guys to be appreciative and say thank you."
(H/T: The Hill)