“OK, we did this,” Kardashian West tells “Today” after Alice Johnson was freed. “Let’s open up this conversation.”
by Alex Johnson,
Kim Kardashian West has given the White House reports on several other nonviolent criminal offenders for possible commutation after she persuaded President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, she told “Today” in an exclusive joint interview with Johnson.
Kardashian West said she “saw compassion” when she met with Trump, who as recently as March promised to “seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law.”
Trump last week set aside the sentence of Johnson, 63, who was sent to prison for life in federal court in Tennessee in 1996 for attempted possession of cocaine and conspiracy to possess cocaine. According to the 1994 indictment, Johnson was a ringleader of a multistate operation that trafficked in thousands of pounds of cocaine during the early 1990s.
Johnson doesn’t deny that she was involved in the drug conspiracy, having said she needed quick money to feed her family. She was a first-time offender and was never accused of any violent crime.
Kardashian West, the star of several reality TV shows and the wife of music superstar Kanye West, visited Trump at the White House with her attorney in late May to plead for Johnson’s release, pointing to corrections officers’ assessment of her as a model prisoner who became an ordained minister while in carceration.
In the interview — during which the two women met in person for the first time — Kardashian West said she had assembled a large legal team and was pursuing clemency for several other nonviolent offenders — whose cases she said she has forwarded to the White House for review.