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Trump grants Alice Johnson clemency following meeting with Kim Kardashian

Trump grants Alice Johnson clemency following meeting with Kim Kardashian

President Donald Trump is commuting the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman convicted of drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West.

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, who was sentenced in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges.

Holley told The Blast that she was on the "wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers".

She said she would be an active force in the Trump administration's efforts at prison reform, led by son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Johnson has been in federal prison for 21 years for being "the quintessential entrepreneur" in running a multi-million dollar cocaine ring in the early 1990s. "Kim was the one to tell Alice that she was being released".

Johnson's family greeted her when she was released, and she joyfully ran into their arms.

"I would tell President Trump thank you so much".

The great-grandmother and her many loved ones - including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - gathered around a table at The Hub in Memphis, Tenn., for a family dinner 25 years in the making. "They said that they could see the place where my body lay, but they can never take me home again".

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In an interview with Mic, Kardashian West said she'd been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news outlet.

Barnett, one of Johnson's attorneys, said in a statement, "Justice has been served today, and it's long overdue".

"It is an incredible feeling", Johnson told Baldwin of no longer being behind bars.

As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said.

"I want to say to President Trump, I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life".

"BEST NEWS EVER!" Kim rejoiced on Twitter.

Mr Trump and Kim met in the Oval office to discuss Ms Johnson's case on May 30. "This just isn't fair.' He knew that this was the right thing to do", Kim said.


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