Alice Johnson thanks Trump for Kardashian-backed release

Trump reportedly ‘obsessed’ with pardons considering Kardashian’s request

Her co-defendants who testified against her at the time received sentences ranging from probation to 10 years, while Johnson received life with parole plus 25 years.

Kim's low-key approach to Kanye's birthday will no doubt come as a surprise to fans as she stocked a plane with Japanese snacks and magazines for his 40th birthday past year and made him guess where they were going. But unlike most federal prisons, the facility where Johnson is held ― Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution in Alabama ― allows prisoners access to videoconferencing.

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

Ms Kardashian West joined what has been a long-running campaign for Johnson's freedom, spearheaded by the clemency foundation CAN-DO, friends and family.

Kardashian West wrote on Twitter that "the phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories".

Reality television star Kim Kardashian met with Trump last week to discuss pardoning Johnson. She was convicted in 1996 for "leading a multi-million-dollar drug ring that dealt in tons of cocaine from 1991-1994", according to the Tennessean. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance".

"She has truly been relentless in her fight for me", Johnson said of Kardashian West.

Kim Kardashian West had lobbied for her release, meeting the president last week. 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. 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".

The 37-year-old entrepreneur has been on a quest to free imprisoned great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson and had scheduled a meeting, alongside her attorney Shawn Holley, to meet with Trump after previously working with Trump's Daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to free the woman.

"[Kim Kardashian is] an unbelievable person, and I'll be grateful for what she's done".

"It means that someone finally saw me", she told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me - and that was President Trump, and so I'm so thankful for him and what he's done". Her Warden, Case Manager, and Vocational Training Instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the "VA (Veterans Affairs) Mission Act of 2018" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018.

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