Trump commutes sentence for drug offender backed by Kardashian
Jun 09 2018 by Lorena Waters
The television personality later tweeted to say she spoke to Johnson on the phone to tell her the news, saying the phone call was "one of my best memories".
On Friday, in an interview with CNN'sVan Jones, Kanye West's wife opens up about her role in securing the presidential pardon for Johnson. "Nothing will ever trump this feeling".
"I think Kanye's already given him legitimacy in that way", Kardashian said, referencing husband Kanye West's unexpected support of Trump earlier this year. Johnson served 21 years for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. "So I just was like, 'Wait, she doesn't know?' And Alice was like, 'Know what?' And I was like, 'You're going home'". She vowed, "And if I get out - I have a job secured, and plan to continue to help those in prison and work hard to change our justice system".
"First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, thank Jesus Christ".
In a statement, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said, "Ms Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades".
Johnson was jailed in 1996 for drug trafficking after she became broke and suffered through a series of tragedies. The indictment describes dozens of deliveries and drug transactions involving Johnson, who was a leader in a multi-million dollar cocaine ring.
Last week, Kardashian West traveled to the White House and met with Trump to discuss Johnson's case. "I can't wait to get back on the workforce and get back to my community", she told a gathering of family members and supporters.
"I feel like my life is starting over again", she said.
In contrast to a pardon, Mr Trump's actions only ended rather than erased Ms Johnson's conviction. He said ... 'This is a really long time that she's been in here.
Johnson said she has not heard directly from the White House but she'd like to tell Trump how grateful she is for having her released - for herself and her family.
Alice Marie Johnson is emotional and greeted by dozens of family members as they see her for the first time since she's been free.