Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump

President Donald Trump grants clemency to Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian West involvement

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She wrote: "Best news ever!" Alice has more than paid her debt to society by serving over 21 years of a life-without-parole sentence as a nonviolent drug offender.

Video shows Johnson, dressed in white, running to her loved ones, who were waiting for her with flowers. Johnson said her role was that of a go-between, relaying messages but not personally making drug deals or selling drugs.

"Everybody was crying and hugging", Scholl said.

Trump has also pardoned conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Kristian Saucier, a Navy sailor.

She was released from prison later Wednesday. "It shouldn't be based on which celebrities have access to the president, or the wealthy, or who has connections".

Trump is facing a special counsel investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which he calls a "witch hunt".

Last month, Trump posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson.

Unlike other presidential actions, which require legislative support or can be challenged legally, the president's power to pardon is nearly unchecked.

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Indeed, the wife of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian Federation contacts, appeared on Fox News this week to lobby her husband's case. "Kim and I are standing by to talk with Miss Alice now".

Revealing that she broke the news to Alice herself, Kim said: "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories".

Alice, who was being held at Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama, became global news past year when Kim tweeted about her case and hired a lawyer for her. It was a moment I will never forget.

Alice Marie Johnson, who received a sentence commutation from President Donald Trump, was freed from prison Wednesday afternoon. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.

Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, another member of Johnson's legal team, said Johnson felt overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead".

"Alice Marie Johnson was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 1996 and acquired a sentence far too extreme for the crime: life with out the opportunity of parole", stated Jennifer Turner of the ACLU in an announcement.

Her case has been described as an extreme example of harsh, mandatory-minimum drug sentencing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. "I don't think I would be used", she said.

Kim Kardashian West had lobbied for her release, meeting the president last week. She met with President Trump last week to discuss prison reform. "I was free", Johnson said Kardashian West told her.

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