Monday, 20 August, 2018

Kim Kardashian Blasted By Director For Freeing Alice Johnson; It's "PR Points"

Stacy Diaz | 08 June, 2018, 13:09

"He said, 'Why are you here?' I said, 'Really I'm here because I want to know why you kicked Khloe off The Apprentice.' It was a laugh and it was amusing and then we got into business", Kim said.

"I know that it was a miracle, I know that only God could have touched Kim Kardashian's heart like that and we have connected", Johnson, 63, said in an interview on the "Today" show".

Given that Johnson's commutation came less than a week after Kardashian West met with Trump at the White House, some have credited her with possibly helping reshape the president's position on criminal justice reform.

The reality star also revealed that she called Johnson to break the news about her commuted sentence. Her advocacy proved instrumental in Johnson's release Wednesday.

Kim Kardashian West tweeted about a conversation she had with Johnson Wednesday morning after the president commuted her sentence.

Video shows Johnson, dressed in white, running to her loved ones, who were waiting for her with flowers.

She also plans to fight for sentencing reform and said she is not going to forget the ones she left behind in prison. Per The Huffington Post's report, the White House announced yesterday that Johnson would be granted clemency.

"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". "When I spoke with Attorney Shawn Holley and she disclosed the name of my benefactor, I had to take time to process and digest the news that you were the one she had been alluding to", she wrote. "When you see my face, you see so many other faces that I represent".

"When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping up and screaming and crying and everyone else was crying", Johnson recalled.

"All of my family is gathered here tonight - family members that I've only talked to on the phone, heard about their birth".

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life", Kardashian West told Mic.

Johnson is the second person commuted by Trump since taking office.

As for how she received news of her release, Johnson said Kardashian was the one who told her she'd get to go home.

The White House announced Johnson's sentence would be commuted this afternoon, citing the fact that the great-grandmother has "accepted responsibility for her past behavior" and acted as a "model prisoner" in her almost 22 years behind bars.

Unlike a pardon, the commutation will not erase Johnson's conviction, only end her sentence.