Alice Johnson thanks Trump for Kardashian-backed release

Jun 11, 2018, 00:46
Alice Johnson thanks Trump for Kardashian-backed release

Trump commuted her sentence Wednesday after a recent meeting with Kim Kardashian West, who recently visited the White house to discuss Johnson's case and a possible pardon.

"I think Kanye's already given him legitimacy in that way", Kardashian said, referencing husband Kanye West's unexpected support of Trump earlier this year.

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. "I promise you President Trump, I will make you proud that you gave me that second chance".

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Alice Johnson

While in prison, where she became a grandmother and great-grandmother, Johnson enrolled in educational and vocational programmes, volunteered to help sick and dying prisoners and helped coordinate the prison's Special Olympics.

After flexing his clemency powers once again, Trump tweeted: "Good luck to Alice Johnson".

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.

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Johnson's family has long campaigned for Alice's release, saying she is a "model inmate" and involved with numerous prison's programs, including working at their hospice center. "I didn't even know life was on the table until after the trial", said Johnson.

Trump last week pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, convicted of making illegal campaign contributions. "She's achieved something for one person in one case". Nevertheless, she was convicted of conspiracy to sell cocaine and money laundering, which led to a sentence of life plus 25 years in federal prison - despite it being her first offense.

Kim had previously spent months lobbying to get her term commuted, and even had a famous sit-down meeting with Donald Trump at the White House about her case.

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Following the announcement, Kardashian took to Twitter to praise the President's "compassion" and to thank everyone who had contributed to the "countless hours" it took to free Johnson. He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I just knew him from "The Apprentice" and other things and he was amusing to me", Johnson said.

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