Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump grants Alice Johnson clemency following meeting with Kim Kardashian

Trump grants Alice Johnson clemency following meeting with Kim Kardashian

Alice Marie Johnson's case was championed last week by reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West, who met with Mr. Trump at the White House Wednesday about sentencing and prison reform.

CNN reports that Trump is on somewhat of a pardoning spree, and that the White House has prepared the paperwork for 30 people, Johnson included.

Kardashian West announced the "BEST NEWS EVER! President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", Johnson's attorney Brittany K. Barnett said in a statement. "Alice has more than paid her debt to society by serving over 21 years of a life-without-parole sentence as a nonviolent drug offender". West also revealed that she herself broke the news to Johnson over the phone. "And I think now that she's the mother of three, she's older now and realises there's more to life than material things and she is using her celebrity for a bigger goal". "I would like to tell him that, please, please remember us, the others, who have been left behind". In response, Kardashian West took to Twitter to defend her husband, promising to "always ride for my man". So, I'll do what I have to do to ... get you out or make this happen if I have the power to do that, ' " Kardashian said.

On her first full day of freedom, Alice Johnson gave thanks for her new life. "Because there are so many, as you've said, like me, who need to have the opportunity that I've had", she told GMA's Michael Strahan.

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In a recent interview with CNN's Van Jones, Kardashian discussed her involvement in Johnson's release as well as the factors that motivated her to assist.

"I never get starstruck", she admitted to Jones.

Footage shows Johnson running toward her family - throwing her arms wide open and embracing them in front of a crowd of onlookers.

The beauty mogul initially became involved in Johnson's case in October after she watched a Mic Opinion video of Johnson detailing her story from behind bars.

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Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence on Wednesday, following Kardashian's high-profile campaign.

Johnson says the key to surviving her time in prison is that she did not allow her "past to be the sum of who I am". The reality star was asking the president to on behalf of the inmate Alice Marie Johnson. "It was wonderful. I'm so glad that she was the one who was able to deliver the news to me. She and I have talked many times over the years about her interest in criminal justice as a whole".

Last week, the Keeping up with the Kardashians star said she had been in touch with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, over the case.

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