Alice Marie Johnson Celebrates After Prison Release: ‘I Love You, President Trump’

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"I want you to brace yourself, because here's a sentence I don't often say: Donald Trump did something good", Colbert said. In the petition she started to help free her mother, Tretessa Johnson quoted Alice as saying, "I couldn't find a job fast enough to take care of my family".

Kardashian West became interested in Alice Marie Johnson after she saw a Mic interview about her case.

Kardashian West met with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, in the Oval Office last week in a bid to convince them to release Johnson from the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama. She is planning to meet with Johnson in the coming days.

Reality star Kim Kardashian West had visited Trump in the White House a week ago to seek Johnson's commutation, and she shared that the commutation has been granted.

On her release, Johnson thanked Kardashian West for getting involved in her case, describing her as her "war angel" and thanking her for her dedication to Johnson's freedom.

Johnson spent 22 years in prison, a third of her life, and said that it was her faith and her optimism that allowed her to carry on.

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Kardashian earned some praise from her followers who congratulated her in the comments of her post.

Trump's acts of clemency have been scattershot, driven by television segments, celebrities, friends and White House advisers who have pressed their cases for pardons.

Many prison reform advocates hoped that former President Barack Obama would grant Johnson clemency in the winter of 2016 because of Obama's commitment to overturn first time non-violent drug offenses.

"I really felt for her".

"I would pull out my family pictures and look at my children - and I hoped to see my parents again".

During the phone interview with Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, Johnson said she received the news via a phone call from Kardashian herself earlier today, something Kardashian also tweeted about.

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"I have been literally shaking ever since I heard this news - this is the best present anyone could have gave me in my life", Scales said.

In a statement, the White House said "Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades".

Some supporters of President Trump have concluded that his decision to pardon Alice Johnson is rooted in a larger concern about how the criminal justice system affects people of color. "Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

Administration officials say the president is not only contemplating possible pardons - which wipes out a conviction - but also commutations, which leave the conviction intact and on the person's record while reducing the punishment.

Donald Trump has now commuted Johnson's life sentence.

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