June 1, 2018
Kim Kardashian West has revealed details about her Oval Office sit-down with President Trump on Wednesday, in which she lobbied him to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who is serving a life sentence in a federal pen for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
“I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice,” Kardashian West said. “He really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively.”
Johnson, who has been imprisoned for over 21 years in Aliceville, Alabama, for a drug-trafficking charge, and Kardashian West has been trying for months to secure Johnson’s release.
Kardashian West has also paid Johnson’s legal fees and discussed the case with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is leading the administration’s prison reform initiative.
“I went in … to really talk to the president about Alice Johnson and really explain to him why she would be such a good person to grant clemency to,” Kardashian West told the website. “The president seems to have a passion for what everything that Jared has been trying to do, and that just makes me happy that that conversation is just moving forward.”
Trump tweeted a photograph of the pair following the meeting.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” he wrote.
Kardashian West has said that Johnson would lead a productive life outside of prison if granted clemency.
“She has a job waiting for her. She has a home to go to, and she has such a great supportive family,” she said.
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