Donald Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian's plea

Donald Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian's plea

Donald Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian's plea

Johnson spent 22 years in prison, a third of her life, and said that it was her faith and her optimism that allowed her to carry on.

Alice told reporters upon her release that she was thankful and felt like her life was starting over again.

"I saw your video", Kardashian West told Mic. Thank you. You have literally saved my life. "One thing they kept telling me is, 'You have given us hope", said Johnson.

While Johnson was deserving of clemency, the manner in which her case was brought to Trump's attention was unprecedented and raises fairness concerns, said Margaret Love, a lawyer who formerly served as the U.S. Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department.

Senior Trump advisers, including chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn, both expressed their disapproval of the decision to issue the pardon, with McGahn calling it "an unnecessary action by the president".


Trump has taken a much different approach to presidential pardon power than his predecessor. Trump has also been drawn to cases in which he believes prosecutors may have been motivated by politics - situations that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Last week, Trump pardoned firebrand conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of violating campaign finance laws. He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I'm so just amazed to hear that I'm actually one of his tweets", she told "New Day". Case files are not public, so it's unclear why Obama found her petition undeserving.

A grandmother jailed for over 20 years on a non-violent drug charge has thanked US President Donald Trump for granting her clemency.

The commuted life sentence comes after Ms Kardashian West met with the President to lobby for the release of Johnson's, who was convicted for taking part in a cocaine distribution ring in 1996. "Once Alice's family joined the call, the tears never stopped flowing". She said her involvement stemmed from hitting rock bottom in her personal life: In the early 1990s, she had gone through a divorce, a bankruptcy that led her to lose her house, and her youngest son was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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