Donald Trump commutes Alice Johnson’s Sentence following Kim Kardashian Meeting

Kim Kardashian met Donald Trump in the White House last week to discuss prison reform

Kardashian, the wife of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, visited the White House a week ago to make the case for Johnson's release to Trump.

"Everybody was crying and hugging", Scholl said. "I'm just happy that it has come to an end".

Johnson is one of several people to be granted high-profile acts of clemency by President Trump in recent months.

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During his first year and half in office he has issued a number of pardons, however, mostly involving high-profile cases.

Unlike a pardon, a commutation does not expunge a criminal conviction. Michael Scholl, a member of Johnson's legal team, praised Trump for "a courageous move".

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. "I want to thank Kim Kardashian West. thank you Kim". The fiance of George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, has recently appeared on Fox News to ask Trump to pardon Papadopoulos.

Johnson's case was championed last week by reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West, who met with Mr. Trump at the White House about sentencing and prison reform.

Multiple reports now show Johnson has been released from prison and is reunited with her family.

Kim took to Twitter immediately after the news broke to share her happiness.

Kardashian West tweeted that calling Johnson to tell her that she was free is a moment she will never forget. It also said that she has accepted responsibility for her behavior and has been a model prisoner. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", West tweeted. "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.

Johnson was indicted in 1994 for being part of a Memphis trafficking operation, along with over a dozen others. Johnson apologized for her involvement with drug dealers, but noted that she had only done it out of desperation, and that the law under which she had been sentenced had been changed since her sentencing.

Johnson was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.

Johnson, a first time non-violent offender, had gained prominence when Kardashian started lobbying on her behalf.

Barnett, one of Johnson's attorneys, said in a statement, "Justice has been served today, and it's long overdue".

Others in the West Wing, including White House counsel Donald McGahn, had cautioned against the action.

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