Update: Kim Kardashian thanked Donald Trump for meeting with her on Wednesday, as she tweeted, "I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense." She added, "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she —and so many like her—will get a second chance at life."
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Kim Kardashian parted from the posh hills of Calabasas for a sitdown with President Trump in Washington on Wednesday, May 30, to petition the release of a woman who has spent the past 21 years behind bars as a first-time offender caught up in a drug conspiracy case.
Kim has been advocating on Alice Johnson's name since October of 2017 when she shared a viral video laying out the Mississippi native's case. Johnson was a single mother who had lost her husband and job and resorted to getting involved in the drug trade as a means of making quick money in the mid 90's. That choice would eventually lead to her arrest in a sting that resulted in her getting life in prison without parole in 1997.
Johnson has contended that she never actually sold drugs, but did play a communications role in the operation. Still, the money laundering and drug conspiracy charges she was convicted of carried a weighty sentence under Alabama's mandatory minimum laws at the time. This, despite her having a record clean of any prior drug convictions.
With Trump advisor Jared Kushner leading a charge to institute drug reform laws in government, many have been reaching out for him to free Johnson as a gesture of goodwill towards the cause. Kim is scheduled to meet with Kushner to discuss the case, before moving a few doors over to formally convene with the President.