June 21, 2018

Donald Trump commutes Alice Johnson’s Sentence following Kim Kardashian Meeting

10 June 2018, 02:34 | Clyde Nash

Trump commutes Alice Johnson’s sentence after meeting Kardashian-West

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She celebrated the good news on Wednesday, tweeting a link about the pardon and writing: "BEST NEWS EVER!" alongside three praying hand emojis.

Ms Johnson received a life sentence in 1996, when she was found guilty for being part of a cocaine ring.

Johnson's supporters argued she should not have to spend the rest of her life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense.

Speaking "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon", she said: "I never get starstruck". During her incarceration, she wrote plays and became an ordained minister.

In 1993, she was arrested and accused of participating in an operation that trafficked drugs, including cocaine, and was involved in money-laundering.

Kim Kardashian West sat down with Van Jones to talk about her highly publicized visit to the White House. Kardashian delivered the news. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she - and so many like her - will get a second chance at life". Trump signed a commutation one week later. Kim said of Trump, "He was compassionate".

Kardashian thanked Trump in a tweet. Trump has also been drawn to cases in which he believes prosecutors may have been motivated by politics - situations that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit "We are extremely grateful and hope the President continues to use his clemency power to save lives". "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said in a statement announcing the commutation of her sentence.

Ivanka Trump was one of the first people she called to plead Johnson's case, Kardashian said. She had been serving time at Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville in Pickens County, AL.

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Kardashian said she "felt this connection" to Johnson when she learned about her story.

And thank them she did as she left an Alabama prison on Wednesday after 21 years behind bars. It was desperation that forced her hand. "I wanted to jump into their arms", Johnson recalled on GMA Thursday.

Her meeting went successfully and Alice was granted a pardon a week later. He was sympathetic to her. Here's Kardashian in an interview with talking about Johnson.

"When he said he has the papers in front of him and he's signing heart was so full", Kardashian said.

RASCOE: And today, she was successful.

She had already put forward her request for a pardon on two other occasions. Last week, he pardoned Dinesh D'Souza and his first pardon went to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

IT WAS the good news story of the day despite its weird circumstances.

RASCOE: We can't say for sure.

"You now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons".

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