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Entertainment Kim Kardashian West talks 'mission' to free Alice Johnson in exclusive interview

16:35  14 june  2018
16:35  14 june  2018 Source:   today.com

Trump commutes sentence for Kardashian-backed drug offender

  Trump commutes sentence for Kardashian-backed drug offender President Donald Trump is commuting the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman convicted of drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West.That's according to two White House officials who say Trump commuted the 63-year old Johnson's sentence. She has spent more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.

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On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian West met with president Donald Trump to talk about the case of Alice Marie Johnson , a great-grandmother currently serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. In an exclusive interview with Mic

A week after being released from prison, Alice Marie Johnson came face-to-face for the first time with Kim Kardashian West and thanked her for the pivotal role she played in getting President Trump to commute her life sentence.

The two had an emotional meeting before sitting down with TODAY exclusively for their first joint interview since Johnson's release from a federal prison. The 63-year-old inmate had served more than 21 years for nonviolent charges related to drug possession and money-laundering.

Kim Kardashian Celebrates After President Trump Pardons Alice Johnson Following White House Visit

  Kim Kardashian Celebrates After President Trump Pardons Alice Johnson Following White House Visit President Donald Trump has pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, the great-grandmother whom Kim Kardashian West advocated for in a White House meeting last week. The White House announced the news in a statement on Wednesday, saying: “Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades.” “While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” the statement added. The pardon comes after Kardashian West met with the president at the White House last week to plead for clemency for Johnson, a 63-year-old first-time nonviolent drug offender who in 1996 was given a life sentence without parole. Kardashian West celebrated the good news on Wednesday, tweeting a link to a Mic article about the pardon and writing: “BEST NEWS EVER!!!” alongside three praying hand emojis. BEST NEWS EVER!!!! ???????????????????????? https://t.co/JUbpbE1Bk0— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018 Mic, the publication that first brought Johnson’s case to Kardashian West’s attention, reports that Johnson will soon be released from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, where she has been serving her sentence for more than 20 years. Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. pic.twitter.com/uOy4UJ41JF— Donald J.

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Kim Kardashian opened up about her journey to free convict Alice Johnson during an interview with The Mic on Wednesday, May 9 — see mo. Kim Kardashian on Fighting to Free Convict Alice Johnson : ‘I’ll Do Whatever It Takes to Get Her Out’. By Emily Marcus. May 9, 2018.

Kardashian West learned about Johnson's story last year and declared it as "so unfair" in a tweet to her 60 million followers. The reality television superstar then decided to take up her case.

Hoda Kotb, Alice Johnson, and Kim KardashianHoda Kotb, Alice Johnson, and Kim Kardashian West© Nathan Congleton/TODAY Hoda Kotb, Alice Johnson, and Kim KardashianHoda Kotb, Alice Johnson, and Kim Kardashian West "Because I knew that I had the resources to do that. It became this mission that I just didn't want to give up," she told TODAY's Hoda Kotb.

"I mean, I think to some people it might seem like, 'Okay, Kim made a phone call to the president, showed up.' We had been in talks and working on this for seven months. And it wasn't an instant thing. It was a lot of work."

Kim Kardashian and Alice JohnsonKim Kardashian West and Alice Johnson embrace after recalling the journey that led to Johnson's commutation from a life sentence in prison.© Nathan Congleton/TODAY Kim Kardashian and Alice JohnsonKim Kardashian West and Alice Johnson embrace after recalling the journey that led to Johnson's commutation from a life sentence in prison.

Johnson admitted that she had no idea who Kardashian West was when she first learned the television star had started championing her cause.

Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence

  Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence Alice Marie Johnson, who was granted clemency earlier Wednesday, expressed appreciation toward President Trump for commuting her prison sentence and Kim Kardashian West for advocating for her case. "I want to say to President Trump, I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life. And I will not disappoint the American public or the world who had so much faith in me," Johnson said in an interview with CNN. "All I can say is thank you President Trump, and I love you President Trump," she added."I want to say to President Trump: I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life.

Talk . Kim Kardashian opened up for the first time on what it felt like to tell Alice Marie Johnson she was free during her CNN interview with Van Jones. For Kim , her mission to free Alice was personal.

Kim Kardashian West is speaking out about her meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon at the White House, where she “I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice ,” Kardashian West told Mic in an exclusive interview after the meeting.

"As soon as I found out who she was, I started getting every magazine I could find," she said. "I started reading everything that I could about her. And everyone was amazed. And I was amazed, too."

A call to Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, eventually led to a May 30 Oval Office meeting where Kardashian West pleaded for clemency on behalf of Johnson. A week later, President Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence.

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"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades," the White House said in a statement.

Kardshian West was the one who broke the news to Johnson in a phone call, telling her, "You can go home now."

"When she said that, I went into full-fledged Pentecostal holy dance," Johnson recalled. "I started screaming and jumping."

Kardashian West said she can imagine herself continuing to work on behalf of others with stories similar to Johnson's.

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When Kim Kardashian West learned that Alice Marie Johnson -- a nonviolent drug offender serving a life sentence -- would be freed , she broke the news to her in a tearful phone call.

"People have been asking me are you getting into politics? Like no. I'm still doing me. But I enjoy this," she said. "This has fulfilled my heart and so since I feel so fulfilled, why would I stop that?"

Johnson said she not only feels grateful to Kardashian West but protective of her. She keeps a photo of the reality star and her husband, Kanye West, in her bible.

A photo of Kim and Kanye inside Alice Johnson's bibleJohnson keeps a photo of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West inside her bible.© Nathan Congleton/TODAY A photo of Kim and Kanye inside Alice Johnson's bibleJohnson keeps a photo of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West inside her bible.

"Right now, my prayer of focus for you was in Psalm 105. 'Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm,'" she said. "Kim has been anointed to do this. And no one better not touch her — even with their mouth."

Johnson said she plans to thank Kardashian West, and President Trump, by setting an example through the way she will live the rest of her life.

"'Thank you' is not big enough. I think I have to walk it out. I have to walk my 'thank you' out. I have to live it out for her, for my family, for the supporters," she said.

Johnson also plans to speak out on behalf of other nonviolent, first-time offenders.

"I plan on continuing to magnify this issue. And I can't stop. I can't stop. I've lived it," she said. "I've walked with them. I have cried with them. My life is completely intertwined forever with those who were left behind. So it can't end here."

Kim Kardashian on Running for Office: 'Never Say Never' .
During an interview on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Kim Kardashian West said "never say never" when asked if she'd ever run for office.A clip released Friday that previewed Kardashian's upcoming interview on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" and shows her response when asked if she would ever consider becoming an elected official.

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