Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform.
Johnson, a grandmother now in her early sixties, is more than two decades into a life sentence for a first-time conviction based on her role in a drug-trafficking case.
Before she meets with the president, Vanity Fair reports that Kardashian will sit will Kushner to discuss prison reform.
Amy Povah, the founder of CAN-DO Clemency, has been advocating for Johnson’s release since 2014 and says she has collected signatures from 70 organisations who support the pardon, as well as a letter of support from the retired warden of Johnson’s prison.
Johnson previously told Business Insider that Kardashian West was her “war angel”. “Today is for you”.
She also thanked Kardashian for using her platform to raise awareness on the issue of prison reform. Kardashian West first became aware of Johnson’s case after watching a Mic Opinion video in October telling the great-grandmother’s heartbreaking story.
“She was dedicated to this case”, Jackson Sloan said.
Sylvester Stallone and boxers Lennox Lewis and Deontay Wilder visited the Oval Office, asking Trump to posthumously pardon Johnson, explaining he was convicted mainly for being black.
Kardashian West took interest in Johnson’s case after her story went viral a year ago. Johnson has been behind bars for more than 20 years.
“The system has failed”, Kardashian tweeted in November.
Her rapper husband Kanye meanwhile has recently been hinting at his support for Trump, even meeting with him in 2016 at the infamous Trump Tower.
Kardashian’s meeting comes after her husband Kanye West controversially aligned himself with the President. The president and West exchanged compliments on Twitter last month. Trump said they talked about “life” as they posed for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower. A spokesperson for Trump added that it was West’s team that requested the meeting. The 1994 indictment describes dozens of deliveries and drug transactions, many involving Johnson. As Yahoo points out, Johnson is one of the whopping 39% of the prison population that is serving time for nonviolent offenses – despite the fact that they’d likely benefit from alternative rehabilitative options.
But federal prosecutors have opposed granting a hearing, saying that the sentence is in accord with federal laws, based on the large quantity of drugs that were involved.