Trump Has Commuted Alice Johnson’s Sentence After Advocacy from Kim Kardashian (UPDATED)
President Trump has communed the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson after hearing directly from Kim Kardashian on her case.
Kardashian was at the White House last week advocating for Johnson, currently serving a life sentence on a nonviolent drug offense.
Per Axios, Trump has signed the pardon. (UPDATE –– 12:49 pm ET: The report has been clarified to say her sentence has been commuted.)
A Washington Post report yesterday said that the President was “strongly considering” a pardon for Johnson, but faced some internal pushback:
But the potential pardon of Johnson has caused consternation in the West Wing, with top advisers — including chief of staff John F. Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn — disturbed by the process, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Kelly has reviewed Johnson’s background and her 1996 conviction — she was sentenced to life in prison on drug possession and money laundering charges — and is not convinced she deserves a pardon, an administration official said. And McGahn has also argued against the possible pardon as an unnecessary action by the president, a second official said.
After their meeting last week, Kardashian 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.”
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