The 62-year-old great-grandma’s case became national news last year when Kim tweeted about it – she was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges … her first offense.
Her release came after Trump commuted her life sentence on Wednesday, one week after Kardashian pleaded her case during an Oval Office meeting with the President.
Immediately after announcing the news, Kardashian again went on Twitter, vowing to help others in the same way she helped Johnson.
The official said the Justice Department denied her petition because prosecutors maintain Johnson was involved in a drug cartel that was connected to violence and crime. She had already served nearly 22 years.
Today President Trump granted clemency to Johnson, 63, commuting her life sentence. She is expected to be released soon.
Kim Kardashian saved what’s left of Alice Johnson’s life.
Michael Scholl, a member of Johnson’s legal team, said she was released just before 6 p.m. from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama.
She celebrated the good news on Wednesday, tweeting a link about the pardon and writing: “BEST NEWS EVER!” alongside three praying hand emojis.
Trump has taken a much different approach to presidential pardon power than his predecessor.
Because of the availability of videoconferencing in Johnson’s prison, Mic was able to record an interview with Johnson.
We got Rep.Steve Cohen of Tennessee Wednesday on Capitol Hill, and he says there’s a downside to Kim successfully lobbying Trump.in the big picture. It also said that she has accepted responsibility for her behavior and has been a model prisoner.
At the urging of Kim Kardashian, President Trump has commuted the life sentence of Alice Johnson, a convicted drug-trafficker. It was a moment I will never forget.
Mr. Trump also pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for contempt of court, Kristian Mark Saucier for unauthorized retention of defense information, Lewis “Scooter” Libby for obstruction of justice and perjury and boxing legend Jack Johnson for transporting a white woman across state lines.
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.
Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case. Apparently “keeping up with the Kardashians” means more to Trump than being the tough-on-crime president he promised to be.