A week after issuing his fifth pardon to conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza, Trump commuted the sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, who has served nearly 22 years in prison for a first-time offense for her role in a multimillion- dollar cocaine operation.
Kardashian West hailed the commutation, tweeting, "BEST NEWS EVER!" and expressing gratitude to Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance", she said in the tweet. He also granted a posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many saw as a racially charged conviction. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
In an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, Tretessa Johnson, Ms. Johnson's daughter, thanked Mrs. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, is a high-profile Trump supporter. My administration strongly supports these efforts, and I urge the House and Senate to get together - and there are a lot of senators, a lot of Congress people that want to get this passed - to work out their differences. Trump's clemency warrant ordered her to be released immediately from Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution in Alabama.
She added: "Since I went to prison, the laws governing my wrongdoing have changed".
Behind bars, Johnson has written plays, earned a theology degree, offered pastoral counseling, taught wellness classes, helped other inmates attain their GED, and much more.
Kim Kardashian West's foray into politics seems to have paid off, with Donald Trump commuting the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson.
Today President Trump granted clemency to Johnson, 63, commuting her life sentence. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime", Ms. Barnett explained in a statement.
Mr. Trump has been wielding his clemency power with gusto. In May, he also suggested he was considering acting to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, convicted of insider trading.
Johnson had served more than 20 years in prison.
Last year, Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch political ally and immigration hardliner, who was convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos.
The personal touch in issuing pardons, while within his constitutional authority, has raised eyebrows. An attorney for Kristian Saucier, the former Navy sailor who pleaded guilty after he snapped photos on a nuclear submarine and buried evidence in the woods after an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, previously told HuffPost that getting his client appearances on Fox News was a key part of their pardon strategy.