Trump FREES drug offender grandmother who Kim Kardashian begged him to pardon and commutes her life sentence

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

Alice Johnson, 63, had her life sentence commuted, meaning she can be freed from federal prison
She was convicted of being part of a drug-smuggling ring – and sources say a dozen or more pardons or commutations could follow
Kim Kardashian made a trip to meet Trump and beg for a pardon for Johnson at an Oval Office meeting
The president is said to be ‘obsessed’ with his power to issue pardons

By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 June 2018

President Donald Trump has freed a first-time drug offender and grandmother whose case has been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

He commuted the life sentence of Alice Johnson, 63, after the personal plea in the Oval Office from the reality star.

Kardashian posted a picture of Johnson with the caption: ‘BEST NEWS EVER!!!!’

‘So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson,’ she said. ‘Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.’

She said, ‘I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition.’

Trump met with Kardashian last week to discuss Johnson’s case in the Oval Office. The White House shared a picture of Kardashian and Trump, who was grinning from ear to ear, after the meeting that reporters were not allowed anywhere near.

Johnson’s attorneys had prepped Kardashian for the meeting with Trump where she begged for clemency for the for the great-grandmother.

A lawyer for Johnson did not return a request for comment on the commutation.

A senior White House official told DailyMail.com that reporting that claimed Trump had pardoned Johnson was inaccurate. The White House has not issued an official statement on the commutation.

The move to commute the sentence came after internal debate among his top advisers.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn are said to have been less-than-thrilled, however, with the president’s recent reprieve.

Both officials are said to have reviewed Johnson’s case, which involved drug possession and money laundering, and were not convinced she should be set free, The Washington Post reported.

A source told The Post that Trump is ‘obsessed’ with his almost unchecked ability to issue pardons and could issue a dozen more before the end of the summer. CNN said the number he was considering was closer to 30.

Trump told reporters that he’s also considering pardons for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart.

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