Alice Marie Johnson, 63, has spent more than two decades behind bars and was not eligible for parole. "We're wasting our time if we don't get tough with drug dealers, and that toughness includes the death penalty", Trump stated. Johnson was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 1996 for her role in facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee. In all likelihood Johnson's drug ring was responsible for more than a few deaths.
But a long list of officials - congressmen, the USA attorney and even the warden at her prison - have asked the pardon attorney to reconsider.
Brittany Byrd, an attorney who has known Johnson for a decade and co-founded the Buried Alive Project, a sentencing reform group, told HuffPost she believes the Mic video "played a significant role" in elevating Johnson's voice.
In a track on new album Ye, West refers to the row between the pair, with lyrics: "My wife callin", screamin", say "we "bout to lose it all"/Had to calm her down "cause she couldn't breathe". All I can say is Thank you, President Trump. "Since being incarcerated she has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister", she wrote.
Trump has so far taken a more hardline approach, advocating a "lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key" approach to criminal justice.
"BEST NEWS EVER!" was the exuberant Twitter response from Kardashian West, who visited the White House last week to press the case.
Johnson learned the news of her clemency on Wednesday, during an emotional conference call with Kardashian West and her legal team. "I can't wait to get back on the workforce. and get back to my community".
On May 31, Trump pardoned D'Souza, who illegally funneled $20,000 to the campaign of Republican Wendy Long in her race against Sen.
The boxer's pardon had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone, who Trump said had brought the story to his attention in a phone call. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense'.