Kim Kardashian West shares details behind White House visit: 'I was starstruck'

Kim Kardashian West shares details behind White House visit: 'I was starstruck'

Like many others, Kardasian West had seen an online video about Johnson and concluded she was the victim of Draconian drug-sentencing laws.

The decision to commute Johnson's sentence was advocated by Kushner and Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka.

Kardashian West tweeted that her phone call with Alice Johnson was "a moment [she] will never forget".

Johnson, 63, who had spent a third of her life in prison, screamed.

She says that once Johnson's family joined the call, "the tears never stopped flowing".

"I think Kanye's already given him legitimacy in that way", Kardashian said referring to the comments her husband and Trump have made about each other. Mrs. Kardashian West pled her case to the president, and a week went by with no word as to whether Trump would allow for Ms. Johnson to be released from prison.

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There is a Justice Department review process, but presidents are not bound to follow it and Trump has not adhered to department guidelines in many of these cases. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she-and so many like her-will get a second chance at life".

But now, after 22 years, Alice is set for freedom thanks to Kim Kardashian.

Kardashian West visited the White House with her lawyer, Shawn Holley, and had also linked up with Mr Trump's son-in-law and presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, who has been lobbying for prison reform. Kardashian West, in an interview with Mic following that visit last week, said she felt the president listened to her concerns. "What Kim Kardashian has done is used her connection with Trump to free a family member and score some PR points. Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said.

"When the criteria came out for clemency, I thought for sure - in fact, I was certain that I'd met and exceeded all of the criteria", Johnson told Mic in October.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. Though Johnson said she feels she overpaid her debt for the crime that she committed, she refuses to focus on the past. She is planning to meet with Johnson in the coming days. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", Kardashian West tweeted.

Trump last week pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, convicted of making illegal campaign contributions.

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