Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Alice Johnson: 'Miracle' allowed Kim Kardashian to talk to Trump

Alice Johnson: 'Miracle' allowed Kim Kardashian to talk to Trump

For once, it was Kim Kardashian who was starstruck as she walked into the White House to meet with President Donald Trump earlier this week.

On Thursday, Johnson expressed her gratitude for Kim K. and Trump acting on her behalf in an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America.

Donald Trump has commuted the life sentence of a 63-year-old woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.

After reuniting with her family, Johnson said, she plans to spend her time advocating for changes in the prison system.

"Good luck Alice Johnson", the president wrote on Twitter.

The likely emotional face-to-face meeting would follow a chat on the phone between the pair, when Kim called Ms Johnson in jail to personally deliver the news of the pardon granted by Mr Trump. Footage from local news station WVTM-13 showed Johnson running toward her family, throwing her arms wide-open and embracing them in front of a crowd of onlookers. It was a moment that I'll never forget.

Shawn Holley, Kardashian West's attorney who accompanied her to the White House, said the reality star broke the good news Wednesday in "the most wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers".

Kardashian West is also responding to the decision, tweeting "BEST NEWS EVER!". I've even been so honest to say, 'Look, Trump is the last person I thought that would've done this.' But he did. She was convicted in 1996 on eight counts related to a cocaine trafficking ring in Memphis.

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life", Kardashian West told Mic. She was tried on charges of cocaine conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

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.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, Trump spent much of his first year rolling back Obama administration efforts on criminal justice policy and could end up ballooning the prison population.

And Kardashian said she tried to use her platform to help those who had been working on the case.

The White House said Johnson accepted responsibility and has been a model prisoner, serving as a mentor to inmates.

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