Alice Johnson Details Kim Kardashian's Call About Commutation

  • Alice Johnson Details Kim Kardashian's Call About Commutation

Alice Johnson Details Kim Kardashian's Call About Commutation

Trump is now considering almost a dozen appeals for clemency on top of the five formal pardons he has issued so far, White House officials tell ABC News. "Have a wonderful life!"

"Best News Ever!" Kardashian tweeted of the news and later added additional thanks to the administration for its efforts. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense'. She also met with Trump in the Oval Office, a photograph of which the president posted on Twitter. 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.

Trump has also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch campaign supporter; Scooter Libby, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney; and a U.S. Navy sailor convicted of taking photos of classified portions of a sub.

The president has also signaled that he could similarly favor lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who went to jail for making false statements in an insider trading case, and commute the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, a former governor of IL convicted of corruption.

Kardashian West said she'd been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news outlet Mic. Thank you. You have literally saved my life. 'No matter what, you never let anyone else dictate your life!

Johnson has a job lined up as an administrative assistant in a dental office, but she said she'll keep pushing for sentencing reform for nonviolent first-time offenders who don't pose a threat to their communities. In a recent Skype interview, Tretessa Johnson told ABC News she was grateful that Kardashian West took an interest in her mother's case.

Trump's decision, his latest inspired by a celebrity champion, comes amid a flurry of recent pardons he's issued.

He has suggested he was considering acting to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, convicted of insider trading.

Trump has been working outside the traditional pardon process usually overseen by the Justice Department, and has appeared to favor cases that catch his attention - either because they've been championed by friends and celebrities or conservative media. Trump has also been drawn to cases in which he believes prosecutors may have been motivated by politics - situations that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Jack Johnson received a rare posthumous pardon last month, after another actor - Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame - championed his case.

"Judge Mays I'm writing to you to express my deep remorse for the crime that I committed over 20 years ago".

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life", Kardashian told news reporters. As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears.

In a statement on the commutation of her sentence, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Johnson "has been a model prisoner over the past two decades".

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.