President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian meeting

Posted June 07, 2018

She later spoke on the phone with presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who has been pursuing prison reform, a source familiar with the issue told ABC News last month.

Another tweet read, "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories". Johnson was convicted in 1996 for her involvement in a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring. Let us know in the comments. The reasons are unclear. When asked what it was like to see her family for the first time since she was freed, Johnson rejoiced that she wasn't wearing handcuffs.

Johnson had an emotional reunion with her family Wednesday outside the prison in Aliceville, Alabama, where she served.

Johnson, 63, was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

"I'm still waiting to exhale!" she said in an email from prison, roughly 24 hours before she was released. "I made the biggest mistake of my life to make ends meet and got involved with people selling drugs". "Meanwhile, he's actively working to make sure federal prisons fill up with men and women just like her", writer Britni Danielle observed in a series of tweets.

Holley told ABC News about Johnson's pardon,"I'm sobbing too many tears of joy and gratitude right now to offer a cogent statement".

Kardashian West became interested in Johnson after she saw a Mic interview about her case.

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life", she told the website. "I'll do whatever it takes to get her out".

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Last week, he pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

While Johnson was deserving of clemency, the manner in which her case was brought to Trump's attention was unprecedented and raises fairness concerns, said Margaret Love, a lawyer who formerly served as the U.S. Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department.

Mr. Trump also pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for contempt of court, Kristian Mark Saucier for unauthorized retention of defense information, Lewis "Scooter" Libby for obstruction of justice and perjury and boxing legend Jack Johnson for transporting a white woman across state lines.

The president says he's considering a long list of other clemency actions, including for former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, who served about five months for insider financial trading.

Her co-defendants who testified against her at the time received sentences ranging from probation to 10 years, while Johnson received life with parole plus 25 years.

In its statement, the White House said Johnson had "worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates".

In 2016, Johnson wrote a guest column for CNN imploring then-President Barack Obama to grant her clemency.