Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump, who said it was a “great meeting… about prison reform and sentencing.” Kardashian West is backing the release of a federal inmate serving a life sentence for a drug offense.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump, who tweeted that it was a “great meeting… about prison reform and sentencing,” reports USA Today. Kardashian West appeared with her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, advocating for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, 62, who she said is serving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Kardashian West expressed hope Trump would grant clemency to Johnson.
Johnson’s story went viral thanks in part to a Mic video interview that reached more than 4.1 million views. A change.org petition asking President Trump to grant Johnson clemency nearly reached its goal of 300,000 supporter signatures as of Wednesday. Kardashian West, who cites Mic’s video as how she discovered Johnson, has also helped the case reach a wider audience. There was no immediate indication whether Trump would issue a pardon or commutation. Kardashian West supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race, but recently, her husband Kanye West has tweeted his support for Trump.