Kim Kardashian Visits Trump White House to Advocate for Prisoner



Kardashian West and her attorney, Shawn Holley, are meeting with Donald Trump to lobby for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for first-time, nonviolent drug offenses, TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources. Her case for clemency was most recently denied in 2016 by the Obama administration.

In recent weeks Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, has publicy supported President Trump.

Kardashian has been working behind the scenes to advocate for Johnson, whom she learned about on social media.

"Where I'm at in my life right now, just like, to go and spend my money buying material things just doesn't satisfy me the way that it used to", Kardashian West continued.

Mr Kushner's First Step Act, which allots $50m (£38m) for rehabilitative programmes for inmates, passed in the US House of Representatives last week. "Today is for you", Kardashian tweeted on Wednesday, which is Johnson's birthday. Twitter was not happy.

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Johnson was convicted in 1996 for a first-time drug offense.

She reportedly wasn't involved in selling drugs or in drug deals, but she did admit to acting as an intermediary for those involved, passing along messages.

"To keep Miss Alice in prison for the rest of her life is morally and economically indefensible", Barnett said. "I'm totally against it", he said last week.

Despite that, Mrs Kardashian West's interest appears to have revitalised the effort.

An online petition to grant clemency, started by her daughter, now has more than 250,000 signatures.

Trump has granted four pardons and one commutation since becoming president. "She's not bitter or angry, she's this ray of sunshine".

While the case is an important one, the amusing and somewhat depressing side has not been lost on Twitter, with numerous users pointing out that reality stars - of which Trump was one himself - now seem to be "running the country" and lamenting celebrity culture which "deifies" people like Kardashian West instead of real experts on important issues.

"I've been in communication with the White House and trying to bring her case to the president's desk and figure out how we can get her out", she said of Johnson.

"We are praying for mercy in my mom's case... that this nightmare is finally coming to an end", Tretessa Johnson told the BBC.

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