Trump commutes Alice Marie Johnson's sentence following meeting with Kim Kardashian West

Danny Woods
June 8, 2018

Trump adhered to her wishes with a clemency grant for Johnson after their conversation where she told Mic that he "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice".

Johnson, who was freed after 22 years in prison, added, "I'd like to tell him that, please, please remember us, the others who have been left behind because there are so many like me who need to have an opportunity, the opportunity that I've had".

In an interview Thursday night with Fox News' Martha MacCallum on "The Story," Johnson expressed her gratitude for Trump's decision the day before to commute her sentence.

Another tweet thanked the Trump administration for their help.

Flexing his clemency powers once again, President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. "What could he really use me for?" "It was a ideal ending".

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.

She also thanked Trump and his son-in-law-turned-advisor Jared Kushner, whom Kardashian has been in contact with regarding Johnson's case and prison reform over the past few months.

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Kardashian West, who met with the president to lobby on behalf of Johnson, tweeted that the prisoner's release was the "BEST NEWS EVER!".

Despite being (arguably) the most famous reality TV star in the world, Kardashian said she was "starstruck" when she saw Trump in the Oval Office.

"I knew it had to be some news..."

Local journalist Quentin Smith from the WCBI news channel posted a video of the release from prison on social media. She is planning to meet with Johnson in the coming days. "Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, another member of Johnson's legal team, said Johnson felt overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead". "It's hard to imagine that I have now served 20 years of my life sentence for that one mistake".

"I feel that I have not only paid my debt, but I've overpaid my debt for the crime that I committed".

A week after issuing his fifth pardon to conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza, Trump commuted the sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, who has served nearly 22 years in prison for a first-time offense for her role in a multimillion- dollar cocaine operation.

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