Kim Kardashian West has met President Donald Trump to discuss a potential pardon for a 63-year-old great-grandmother who is serving life in prison. Alice Marie Johnson has been behind bars for more than two decades for a first-time drug offense. Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has also been speaking with Mrs Kardashian West about the case for months. President Trump tweeted that they had a “great meeting”.Johnson’s story first caught the reality television star’s eye after she saw a short video about the case posted on social media.
Johnson’s story first caught the reality television star’s eye after she saw a short video about the case posted on social media. Mrs Kardashian West was moved to ask her longtime personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to take a look at the case and is paying for a new legal team for Johnson. The reality television star was also able to join forces with Mr Kushner, a senior adviser to the president who has been pushing for federal prison reform.
Mr Kushner’s First Step Act, which allots $50m (£38m) for rehabilitative programmes for inmates, passed in the US House of Representatives last week. According to Johnson’s daughters, the process has sped up considerably since Mrs Kardashian West’s involvement. Wednesday is also Johnson’s birthday, which Mrs Kardashian West noted in a tweet this morning. On the meeting with Mr Trump, Mrs Kardashian West said she was hopeful Johnson would get a “second chance at life”.
The pardon process is entirely up to the president’s discretion, and it is unknown at this point whether he plans to announce a decision to coincide with Mrs Kardashian West’s visit. Johnson’s daughters remain hopeful that at least for their family the long wait may soon be over. “We are praying for mercy in my mom’s case that this nightmare is finally coming to an end,” Tretessa Johnson told reporters.