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Kim Kardashian discusses prison reform with President Trump during Whitehouse visit

June 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Kim Kardashian discusses prison reform with President Trump during Whitehouse visit

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On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian West headed to the White House to meet with President Trump to discuss prison reform, sentencing concerns, and a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson.

“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon,” Kardashian West announced in a statement on Twitter following the meeting. “We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she and many like her will get a second chance.”

Johnson, who is a grandmother in her early 60s, has served more than two decades into a life sentence for a first-time conviction based on her participation in a drug-trafficking case.

In part of a more extensive prosecution of people involved with the Colombian cartel Cali, Johnson was found guilty of a string of charges that ranged from conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute to money laundering.

Kardashian West visited the Oval Office by Shawn Holley, a lawyer who put together a legal team for Johnson that’s being funded by the reality TB star. The meeting, which was set up by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, took seven months to plan.

On Wednesday evening, Trump went on Twitter to promote the high-profile confab on an issue — prison reform — that has brought together the political right and left in Washington and around the nation.

Johnson gained the attention of Kardashian West after the news organization Mic released a prison video in which she explained how her life had spiraled out of control after she developed a gambling addiction: She lost her job, her marriage came to an end, and her son was killed in a motorcycle accident.

“I went into a panic and out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make quick money,” she told Mic.

Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only one requesting that the Trump administration grant clemency for the woman. The organization Change.org has assembled an online petition on her behalf, and she tops the nonprofit group Can-Do’s list of convicted women who warrant a reprieve.

Kardashian West’s visit was included time with Kushner, whose father served time in a federal lockup for campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and tampering with witnesses. Kardashian West’s meeting at the White House lasted for roughly an hour.

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