Kim Kardashian declared a 'war angel' by Alice Johnson

Tanya Cunningham
June 7, 2018

Alice Marie Johnson, the woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by President Trump, has been reunited with her family, according to multiple reports.

Following the announcement, Kardashian took to Twitter to praise the President's "compassion" and to thank everyone who had contributed to the "countless hours" it took to free Johnson. She was convicted in 1996 on eight counts related to a cocaine trafficking ring in Memphis. She also met with Trump in the Oval Office, a photograph of which the president released on Twitter.

Amy Povah, herself a former federal inmate who started the Can-Do Foundation after President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence in 2000, said Johnson's case is just one of many who deserve similar presidential mercy. The cause to release Johnson was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, a White House official told ABC News.

Democrats and Trump critics have warned that the president might be sending a message to his former aides and associates caught up in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation or the probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office.

Johnson's commutation is the sixth act of clemency Trump has issued since taking office, and the second granted by Trump after a celebrity appealed to him.

"I always had hope she'd be released, but I didn't know that today when I woke up this morning today was the day", she said.

Because of the availability of videoconferencing in Johnson's prison, Mic was able to record an interview with Johnson.

Catina Johnson said she learned about her mother's grant of clemency at the same time as the public.

Kardashian asked her personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to help secure Johnson's pardon after seeing a clip about her on Mic.

Johnson had an emotional reunion with her family Wednesday outside the prison in Aliceville, Alabama, where she served.

A week after issuing his fifth pardon to conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza, Trump commuted the sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, who has served nearly 22 years in prison for a first-time offense for her role in a multimillion- dollar cocaine operation.

Kardashian West told Mic that Trump "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice". Her Warden, Case Manager, and Vocational Training Instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency. "It was a moment I will never forget".

In statements made after the White House announcement, Kardashian voiced her appreciation for the move, and said she was the one to deliver the news to Johnson.

Holley told ABC News about Johnson's pardon,"I'm sobbing too many tears of joy and gratitude right now to offer a cogent statement".

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