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

'Best news ever!' Kim Kardashian's trip to the White House pays off

President Trump has granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson-a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time non-violent drug offense-a week after Kim Kardashian met with the POTUS to petition for her release.

Notably, the decision came after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, who has always been an advocate for the incarcerated 63-year-old.

"Ms. Johnson has accepted her responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades". Here's everything you need to know about the grandmother who moved the reality TV star.

On Thursday, Johnson thanked the president for granting her clemency and Kardashian West for her appeal.

"When I initially called Ivanka [Trump], I said I would love a meeting with your dad. And I will not disappoint the American public or the world who had so much faith in me", Johnson said in an interview with CNN.

She was arrested in 1993 and accused of participating in a drug trafficking and money-laundering operation that distributed cocaine.

A lawyer for Kardashian West described the moment Johnson found out President Donald Trump had commuted her sentence. "I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice", Kardashian West told Mic in an interview of her conversation with the president.

Given this, what is more likely to have motivated Trump's decision on Johnson is his relationship with Kardashian West and her husband.

The case struck a chord with Kardashian, who made it her mission to secure Johnson's release.

"Then I heard Kim Kardashian's voice and she was the one who told me that it had happened, that I was free, that I was going to re-join my family", said Johnson. "She told me that she knew that this was meant to be". Since then, she has been working daily to make a change in Alice's life after she spent nearly 22 years in prison.

Unlike a pardon, a commutation does not expunge a criminal conviction.

Indeed, the wife of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian Federation contacts, appeared on Fox News this week to lobby her husband's case. Last month, he posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson after meeting with Sylvester Stallone, who was invested in the case. She said she felt something when she saw and heard my story and I'm just so thankful for it.

Just days later, Trump commuted Johnson's sentence.

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