Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

President Trump Grants Clemency to Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

President Trump Grants Clemency to Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

West met with Trump last week in the Oval Office, the culmination of her campaign to free Johnson.

Since being released from prison, Johnson has also expressed her gratitude for Trump. The 63-year old more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole. On Wednesday, West got to deliver the news to Johnson that she would be freed.

Johnson admitted that she did relay coded messages via telephone but never personally made drug deals or sold deals.

She called Ivanka Trump to plead Johnson's case and also asked her for a meeting with her father, Kardashian said.

The White House said Alice Johnson had been a model prisoner and worked hard to rehabilitate herself.

This isn't Kardashian West's first time advocating for incarcerated women. I'll just make a decision, 'You're saved, you're not.

As for how she received news of her release, Johnson said Kardashian was the one who told her she'd get to go home.

Kim posted on Twitter about her release with the caption: 'BEST NEWS EVER! "This moment right now is happening because President Trump had mercy on me".

"I want to say to President Trump, I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life".

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Following their encounter, Trump tweeted, "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing", while Kardashian shared that she felt "optimistic" about the situation.

Alice Johnson reunites with her family members June 6, 2018.

She was convicted on charges of attempted possession of drugs and money-laundering in Tennessee.

The action was the latest in a recent string of pardons and other acts of clemency from Trump, and aides haves suggested that more could be on the way.

Trump has issued a series of high-profile pardons since taking office, including former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and, last week, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

The Associated Press reported Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people.

Donald Trump has now commuted Johnson's life sentence.

In a statement, the White House noted that Johnson was a great-grandmother who had served nearly 22 years for a first-time offense.

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