RKim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday to discuss about sentencing and prison reform prison reform and the pardon of a first-time drug offender who is a great-grandmother serving a life sentence in prison.
The branding mogul has been advocating for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. Johnson has spent more than two decades in prison. Vanity Fair first reported the Kardashian sister would be visiting Washington and meeting with White House officials.
A member of Johnson’s legal team told CBS News White House reporter Jacqueline Alemany the meeting between the president and Kardashian was very “positive,” but the president did not make a decision during the meeting about whether or not he will move forward with a pardon.
Kardashian West tweeted about the meeting, she wrote;
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.
Brittany Barnett, Johnson’s lawyer, told CBS News they are grateful the Kardashian sister is using her platform to help Johnson acquire her freedom. Kardashian West has been in touch with Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for “several months now,” Barnett said. Barnett isn’t sure if the president will grant her a pardon. Barnett said;
“We don’t know — what we are hoping to find out today,”
“It’s unconscionable that she is serving a death sentence. We are grateful that Kim is using her platform to raise awareness and hope that everyone looks beyond Kim and sees that there is a woman about to die in prison.”