Trump Grants Clemency To Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

President Donald Trump grants clemency to Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian West involvement

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Kardashian West expressed gratitude to Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and others.

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case during an Oval Office meeting with Trump. "A photo of a reality TV star with no discernible talent, but famous for being famous and a Kardashian", snarked one Twitter user.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, had served almost 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. The only reason Johnson's story came to Kardashian's attention is thanks to the availability of videoconferencing in Johnson's prison.

"I'm grateful to the president for allowing Alice to go home after 21.5 years in prison and to Kim Kardashian for her advocacy on Alice's behalf". It said that Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor had written letters in support.

"I'm just so thankful". Johnson will be released from federal prison in Aliceville, Ala., where she has been serving her time since 1996.

The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House Wednesday.

This is the sixth act of clemency President Trump has issued since taking office.

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He has suggested he was considering acting to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, convicted of insider trading.

On May 31, Trump pardoned D'Souza, who illegally funneled $20,000 to the campaign of Republican Wendy Long in her race against Sen.

The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists who was sacked by the president a year ago as FBI director. "Since being incarcerated she has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister", she wrote.

Commutations are a form of pardon that can shorten a prison sentence while leaving the other consequences of a conviction intact.

Shawn Holley, Kardashian West's attorney who accompanied her to the White House last week, said the reality star was the one who broke the news to Johnson on Wednesday in what she described as "the most wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers". As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears.

Kardashian West described the moment via Twitter.

Johnson said she has not heard directly from the White House since her release but Trump acknowledged the news in a tweet on Thursday morning.

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Catina Johnson said she learned about her mother's grant of clemency at the same time as the public.

She was convicted for facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee and was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Federal courts including the Supreme Court rejected her appeals. Prosecutors opposed a pending reduction in her sentence, citing federal guidelines based on the large quantity of drugs involved.

Johnson had been denied a commutation through the process in place under former President Barack Obama. The cause to release Johnson was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, a White House official told ABC News.

"While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance", it said.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to publicly discuss the commutation before it was announced.

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