Trump Grants Clemency To Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose at Trump Tower in Manhattan N.Y. on Dec. 13 2016

President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Alice Marie Johnson on Wednesday morning, a move he made after meeting last week with Kim Kardashian West.

- New York Post (@nypost) May 31, 2018Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. In 1993, she was arrested and accused of participating in an operation that trafficked drugs, including cocaine, and was involved in money-laundering.

Kardashian, the wife of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, visited the White House a week ago to make the case for Johnson's release to Trump.

Kim Kardashian's campaign to free a grandmother from prison is over following President Trump's decision to give her clemency. "I'd like to tell President Trump that I am so grateful for everything that you've done for me and my family", she said.

Kardashian West, on Twitter, said "Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

Responding to the decision, the reality star tweeted: "BEST NEWS EVER". Though Johnson said she feels she overpaid her debt for the crime that she committed, she refuses to focus on the past.

We asked her what she would say to people who think she should serve out the rest of her sentence.

Famed entertainment attorney, Shawn Holley, a lawyer for Kardashian West describes the moment Johnson found out President Donald Trump had commuted her sentence.

Alice Marie Johnson is emotional and greeted by dozens of family members as they see her for the first time since she's been free. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she -and so many like her-will get a second chance at life", she added.

Unlike a pardon, the commutation will not erase Johnson's conviction but will end her sentence. It said that Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor had written letters in support.

Johnson has been in an Alabama federal prison since 1996, according to Mic, which began reporting on Johnson in 2013.

Johnson, a black woman in MS, was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a first-time drug offense. "I'll do whatever it takes to get her out". She said she lost that job due to a gambling addiction.

"I'm kind of shocked I'm winning a fashion award when I'm naked most of the time", she joked during her acceptance speech.

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