In some of the most positive news to ever come out of the Donald Trump administration, the White House occupant granted a clemency request from Kim Kardashian for the pardoning of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who was handed a life sentence from nonviolence, first-time drug charges.
Kardashian asked her personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to help secure Johnson's pardon after seeing a clip about her on Mic.
The action was the latest in a recent string of pardons and other acts of clemency from Trump, and aides haves suggested that more could soon be on the way.
"Trump stumbled into a good thing with this Alice Johnson [commutation]".
It was Kardashian West who got to break the news of the commuted sentence to Johnson. "Trump's pardon of Alice Johnson has less to do with her plight (or caring about people caught up in the hell of mandatory minimums, because he's totally fine with those), and more to do with wanting to please his famous associates".
Revealing that she broke the news to Alice herself, Kim said: "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories".
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D'Souza recalled that Obama was "raging" about the movie. "The president's ad hoc use of the pardon power is concerning enough". Trump fired Bharara from the US attorney job after initially promising Bharara that he would stay on in the new administration.
Last week Kim Kardashian visited Donald Trump at the White House, which is a sentence I would have found totally ridiculous five years ago. 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. 'Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance'.
Tretessa Johnson also thanked Mr. Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has made prison reform part of his portfolio. "One of my family members one time, and I'll never forget this, they said that coming to visit me in prison is like visiting a gravesite", said Johnson.
Byrd said any criticism that Kardashian received for meeting with Trump was "gravely misplaced", while praising the socialite for using her platform and access to lobby for Johnson's case.
Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case. "She could have just saw the video or read an article or whatever and just said oh that's a shame or whatever and went on with her life, but she didn't, she chose to get involved in a major way", Johnson said of Kardashian.
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Johnson admitted there were moments when she almost lost hope, including one of the times when she lost her bid for clemency.