Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Trump Grants Clemency To Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

Trump Grants Clemency To Alice Johnson After Kim Kardashian Meeting

Alice Marie Johnson has spent the last two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.

The unlikely duo first met in May to discuss commuting Johnson's life sentence. It was a moment I will never forget.

He spoke with The Associated Press as he was driving to the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, for Johnson's release.

Kim took part to the celebrations too, taking to Twitter to share her happiness with the world.

Alice Johnson, 63, said Mr Trump had given her another chance in life and restored her to her family.

"In this case", he said, "it's pretty clear that the only reason Trump pardoned Ms. Johnson is because Kim Kardashian talked to Donald Trump about this case". The mother of three claims she worked with Johnson's team over the course of several months, making daily phone calls to the White House in attempt to land a meeting with President Donald Trump. "She told me that she knew that this was meant to be", Johnson said.

"It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me - and that was President Trump, and so I'm so thankful for him and what he's done".

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

Trump is moving more quickly to exercise his pardon power than recent presidents.

"It appears we now need Kim Kardashian and other famous celebrities to tell Trump about the thousands of others with stories just like that of Alice Johnson", King said in a tweet.

Last week, Kardashian's meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was widely mocked on social media. "Once Alice's family joined the call, the tears never stopped flowing".

"Don't make a permanent decision that can change your life forever based on a temporary situation", she said looking back at her past. Later that day, Johnson was released and reunited with her family.

The 64-year-old's freedom was granted after Kim Kardashian visited the White House to plead on her behalf last week. "Alice Marie Johnson was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 1996 and received a sentence far too severe for the crime: life without the possibility of parole", said Jennifer Turner of the ACLU in a statement. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance. "President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", Johnson's attorney Brittany K. Barnett said in a statement.

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