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Kim Kardashian asks Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson

Kim Kardashian West has met President Donald Trump to discuss a potential pardon for a 63-year-old great-grandmother who is serving life in prison.

Alice Marie Johnson has been behind bars for more than two decades for a first-time drug offence.

Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has also been speaking with Mrs Kardashian West about the case for months.

President Trump tweeted that they had a “great meeting”.

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Why is Kim Kardashian involved in the case?
Johnson’s story first caught the reality television star’s eye after she saw a short video about the case posted on social media.

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Mrs Kardashian West was moved to ask her longtime personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to take a look at the case and is paying for a new legal team for Johnson.

The reality television star was also able to join forces with Mr Kushner, a senior adviser to the president who has been pushing for federal prison reform.

Kardashian lobbies for presidential pardon
Mr Kushner’s First Step Act, which allots $50m (£38m) for rehabilitative programmes for inmates, passed in the US House of Representatives last week.

According to Johnson’s daughters, the process has sped up considerably since Mrs Kardashian West’s involvement.

Wednesday is also Johnson’s birthday, which Mrs Kardashian West noted in a tweet this morning.

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On the meeting with Mr Trump, Mrs Kardashian West said she was hopeful Johnson would get a “second chance at life”.

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