Kushner and Kardashian Win Pardon For Alice Johnson

Kushner and Kardashian Win Pardon For Alice Johnson

Like many others, Kardasian West had seen an online video about Johnson and concluded she was the victim of Draconian drug-sentencing laws. "I think I lost it for a moment", Johnson recalled.

The unlikely duo first met in May to discuss commuting Johnson's life sentence. "Telling her and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

In portions of the interview that aired on "Anderson Cooper 360" (above), Kardashian discusses why she chose to lobby the president on behalf of Johnson, and responded to criticism that by meeting with the president she's endorsing him, "giving him legitimacy in a way", said Jones. Why Kardashian advocated for Alice Johnson during her visit with President Trump and what you need to know about prison reform. "I'm going to make the most of this opportunity and I'm going to be of service to others because that's really what life is about", Johnson said.

Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor each wrote letters in support of her clemency.

Media captionAre presidential pardons Trump's secret weapon?

In a recent interview with CNN's Van Jones, Kardashian discussed her involvement in Johnson's release as well as the factors that motivated her to assist.

Never underestimate the power of Kim Kardashian's influence.

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Kim brought the good news, or rather "best news ever", to her Twitter following the official announcement.

- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 30, 2018I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. "Kim just walks in, [and they decide] "OK, let her out", Bickmore said.

Kardashian West visited the White House last month to meet with Kushner, who is overseeing the administration's push to overhaul the nation's prison system. Johnson's message to her now?

Johnson had served 21 years of her life sentence after she was convicted on multiple criminal counts related to cocaine possession in 1996.

Johnson spent 22 years in prison, a third of her life, and said that it was her faith and her optimism that allowed her to carry on. "Kim and I are standing by to talk with Miss Alice now".

The Washington Post reports that senior White House aides believe that Trump has become "fixated on his ability to issue pardons", which they describe as his "new favourite thing". Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.

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