Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian

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On Wednesday, the White House announced that it had commuted her sentence, after serving 21 years in prison.

Her daughter, Catina Johnson, said she was seven months pregnant when her mother went to prison.

A few days back, we reported that Kim Kardashian visited President Donald Trump to ask for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, the 63-year-old grandmother incarcerated for drug dealing.

Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case.

Kardashian West is also responding to the decision, tweeting "BEST NEWS EVER!"

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Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. After having her sentence commuted by President Trump, she was freed Wednesday after nearly 22 years in a federal prison.

Opposition Democrats say Trump's pardons of political allies - or hints to issue them - is meant to signal to his present and former aides that they need not fear resisting the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign. "But my daughter tells me I remind her of a phoenix", she said.

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People magazine's deputy editor, DJ Heyman, said Kardashian West's success marked a shining "singular achievement" and the best use of her influence in the face of massive prison reform challenges in the United States, but she's certainly not the first celebrity to lend their name, money and clout.

Her release was confirmed by Jennifer Turner of the American Civil Liberties Union, who is part of Johnson's legal team.

BREAKING: President Trump has granted clemency to #AliceMarieJohnson after meeting with @KimKardashian West to talk about her case last week.

She said Trump said he had investigated the case, speaking to several people, including Johnson's warden, and everyone had "a unanimous feeling of Alice, that she will live a great life", Kardashian said.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. "I wanted to jump into their arms", Johnson recalled on GMA Thursday.

Federal courts including the Supreme Court rejected her appeals. Court records show she has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence, but federal prosecutors are opposed, saying in a court filing that the sentence is in accord with federal guidelines, based on the large quantity of drugs involved.

Kardashian West expressed gratitude to Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and others. Relatives were there to greet her as she experienced freedom for the first time since the 1990s. Others, including White House counsel Don McGahn and chief of staff John Kelly, were less enthusiastic, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

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