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Actress Kim Kardashian meets Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform


Trump shares a photo of ‘great meeting’ with Kim Kardashian in the Oval Office to discuss prison reform and the pardon of a first-time drug offender who has spent 21 years behind bars
Kim Kardashian met President Trump and Jared Kushner in the White House to discuss prison reform
She also asked Trump to grant clemency to non-violent drug offender Alice Johnson
A great-grandmother, 63-year-old Johnson is serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offense
The reality star first learned of Johnson on Twitter and reportedly reached out to Ivanka Trump to set up the meeting
Kardashian’s husband Kanye West did not accompany her
Last Thursday, Trump posthumously pardoned the legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913

Donald Trump shared a photo of Kim Kardashian in the Oval Office after a ‘great meeting’ with her discussing prison reform and clemency for an imprisoned drug offender.

The reality star spent an hour at the White House on Wednesday in a meeting with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that also included a conversation with Trump about a first-time drug offender and great-grandmother Alice Johnson who is serving a life sentence in prison.


Johnson was imprisoned for life in 1996 for drug dealing and money laundering after her 15 accomplices all testified against her and had their own charges dropped – despite Johnson’s minor role in the cocaine ring. It was her first offence.

After the meeting, Kardashian left the White House and headed for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s DC home.

Exclusive photos taken by DailyMail.com show the reality star walking inside and laughing with the First Daughter and her husband.

She later tweeted: ‘I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. 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.

Donald Trump shared a photo with Kim Kardashian during their meeting in the Oval Office

‘We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she —and so many like her—will get a second chance at life.’

After, the meeting President Trump tweeted the photo of Kim in the Oval Office with the comment: ‘Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.’

Earlier, lawyer Brittany Barnett told DailyMail.com that Kardashian wanted ask President Trump to grant Alice Johnson clemency.

‘Today’s her birthday, so no greater gift than freedom on her birthday,’ Barnett said of her 63-year-old client petitioning for a pardon.

Kardashian had a confirmed meeting on prison reform with Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser. Barnett said it was her ‘hope’ that Kardashian would also have an opportunity to plead Johnson’s case to the president.

That hope came true.

‘The message to the president is that Alice Johnson, the 21 years she has been in prison, represents a punishment that more than pays her debt to society and that to keep her prison the rest of her life is morally and economically unjustifiable,’ Barnett stated.

Before her visit to the White House, Kardashian said in a tweet Wednesday morning that confirmed reports that she was headed to the White House: ‘Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.’

After the meeting, Kardashian left the White House and headed for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s DC home. A woman that appears to be Kim is seen standing alongside Jared Kushner (right) and Ivanka (center)

Kim asked Trump to pardon Alice Johnson, pictured, a great-grandmother, who was imprisoned for life in 1996 for drug dealing and money laundering after her 15 accomplices all testified against her and had their own charges dropped

WHO IS ALICE JOHNSON AND WHY IS KIM KARDASHIAN INVOLVED?
Alice Marie Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of drug dealing in 1996.

It was her first conviction and her 15 conspirators all testified against in exchange for having their charges dropped.

The 63-year-old grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.

In 1989, she and her husband divorced. Her life started to crumble as she struggled, as a single mother, to try and be financially stable for her five children, reports Mic. However, in 1990, because of a gambling addition, she was sacked by FedEx Corporation.

After filing for bankruptcy in 1991, Johnson lost her house. The next year, a scooter accident claimed the life of her youngest son, Cory.

It was while she was at rock bottom that Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and passed on messages to drug dealers, relaying coded messages like ‘everything is straight’ by telephone.

While admitting to acting as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, Johnson claims she never sold drugs.

She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.

But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges.

During the trial, evidence showed an operation with Texas-based Colombian drug dealers and their Memphis connections trading tons of cocaine for millions of dollars in cash, according to a report in The Tennessean (Nashville) in 1997.

At the time of Johnson’s February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.

US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the ‘quintessential entrepreneur’ of the drug ring.

‘And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,’ Gibbons said at the sentencing.

Johnson is now 21 years into her life sentence at FCI Aliceville, in Aliceville, Alabama.

Her eldest daughter Tretessa Johnson, told Mic several years ago, ‘It’s like a waking death; it’s like the person is alive but they’re not. There’s never a point of closure, ever. It’s heartbreaking for me.’

Tretessa has organised an online petition, via change.org, calling for her to be released, explaining that her family’s life ‘changed forever’ when she was sentenced to life in federal prison.

She said her mother had explained that she became a telephone mule passing messages between her co-conspirators after losing her job at FedEx.

Alice Johnson is quoted on Tretessa’s petition: ‘I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure.

‘I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions in my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy’.

Tretessa said that her ‘mom’s desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism.

‘It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.’

During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports.

She has gained a large following of people pushing for her to be granted clemency. Part of this push saw her story turned into a short video, which went viral on social media.

Kim Kardashian saw the video and retweeted it to her millions of followers with the caption: ‘This is so unfair’ in October last year.

Since then, she has been working to help Johnson receive clemency from President Donald Trump.

The reality star had her personal lawyer begin working on Johnson’s case, the New York Daily News reported, and has spent months in conversation with Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to Trump and his son-in-law, on the topic.

In late November, a grateful Johnson penned a moving letter to Kardashian, saying her efforts were ‘literally helping to save my life’.

‘I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope,’ she wrote.

Kim Kardashian spent an hour at the White House on Wednesday in a meeting with the president’s son-in-law

After the meeting at the White House, Kim went to Jared Kushner and Ivanka’s home in DC

Ivanka and Jared were also spotted walking into the property in a Gucci dress after the White House sports day

Ivanka is seen smiling as she entertains Kim and guests in their home

Kim was seen leaving the Kushner home just after 8pm on Wednesday. Ivanka appears to be sending her on her way behind the door

She glanced at the cameras as she headed to her waiting car on her way home

Kardashian was still in DC into the late evening in her business attire

Earlier in the day, Kim pushed Donald Trump to give a first-time drug offender and great-grandmother serving a life sentence in prison a life-changing birthday present during a meeting at the White House today

Kardashian has a confirmed meeting with Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law. She is seen arriving this afternoon

Kardashian, 37, in both her meetings with Kushner and the president, discussed a pardon for Johnson, who will otherwise spend the rest of her life in prison for a first-time drug offense.

Johnson’s life sentence did not come with the opportunity for parole.

Her conviction and incarceration caught the eye of Kardashian on Twitter earlier this year.

Sixty-three-year-old Johnson grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.

In her mid 30s in the early 1990s, Johnson divorced her husband, lost her job at FedEx due to a gambling addiction and hit rock bottom when her youngest son, Cory, was killed in a scooter accident.

Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and relayed messages to drug dealers,

The Memphis woman acted as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, but claims she never sold drugs.

She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.

But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges.

At the time of Johnson’s February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.

US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the ‘quintessential entrepreneur’ of the drug ring.

‘And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,’ Gibbons said at the sentencing.

Johnson is now 21 years into her life sentence at FCI Aliceville, in Aliceville, Alabama.

During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports.

She has gained a large following of people pushing for her to be granted clemency. Part of this push saw her story turned into a short video, which went viral on social media.

Kim Kardashian saw the video and retweeted it to her millions of followers with the caption: ‘This is so unfair’ in October last year.

Since then, she has been working to help Johnson receive clemency from President Donald Trump.

In late November, Johnson penned a moving letter to Kardashian, saying her efforts were ‘literally helping to save my life’.

‘I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope,’ she wrote.

The White House earlier in the day confirmed that Kardashian was expected.

‘She is expected to be here at the White House. I can confirm she’ll be here,’ press secretary Sarah Sanders told DailyMail.com during a news conference. ‘We’ll keep you posted on any meetings that take place, what those look like.’

Kardashian, 37, was expected to sit down with Kushner and then meet with the president to discuss a pardon for Johnson, who will otherwise spend the rest of her life in prison for a first-time drug offense.

While Trump has a meeting with one Kim… his Secretary of State tries to salvage his summit with the other one
As President Trump welcomed Kim Kardashian to the White House on Wednesday, diplomats on both sides of the Pacific were scurrying to rescue his planned summit with Kim Jong-Un.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met a senior Pyongyang official in New York on Wednesday in an effort to salvage the meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader.

Kim Yong Chol met with Pompeo in Manhattan, where the two dined on ‘steak, corn, and cheese,’ the Secretary of State said, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Pyongyang.

The historic meeting was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, before Trump announced last week he was canceling the summit, blaming the ‘anger and open hostility’ of the North Korean regime.

During visit Kim Yong Chol had dinner for about an hour-and-a-half with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled from Washington to see him. The two have planned a ‘day full of meetings’ for Thursday, the White House said.

Kim Yong Chol met with Pompeo in Manhattan, where the two dined on ‘steak, corn, and cheese,’ according to the secretary of state

But on May 26 the president said his administration was having ‘very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the summit’.

Kim arrived at JFK International Airport on Wednesday on an Air China flight from Beijing.

It marks the most senior visit by a North Korean official to the United States since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok traveled to Washington to meet with then-President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office.

As Kim and Pompeo were meeting in New York, other U.S. teams were meeting with North Korean officials in Singapore and in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone.

‘If it happens, we’ll certainly be ready,’ White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the Singapore summit. Regarding the date for the meeting, she added, ‘We’re going to continue to shoot for June 12th.’

North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in New York is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met Kim Jong Un last Saturday, said the North Korean leader is uncertain whether he can trust Trump’s promise to provide a security guarantee if North Korea abandons its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo, Trump’s former CIA chief, has traveled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a ‘shared understanding’ between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks.

In Pyongyang Lavrov passed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kim, saying he wished him success in the ‘major undertakings that have been initiated on the Korean peninsula’, Moscow said.

Last month North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho held rare talks with Lavrov in Moscow as Pyongyang moves to improve strained ties with global powers.

Kardashian, who appeared on Trump’s NBC show ‘The Apprentice’ in 2010, said she voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Trump, in an infamous interview with shock jock Howard Stern in 2015, said Kardashian was ‘fat.’

‘Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely. And if it weren’t Kim, they’d say, ‘wow, I don’t want to go out with her,” he told Stern.

Barnett, who joined Johnson’s legal team in November, said that Kardashian’s ‘support has been tremendous’ in putting a spotlight on not only Johnson’s case but all the other low-level offenders doing hard time.

‘She was not only moved to tears, she was moved to action,’ Barnett said of the celeb.

Johnson’s lawyer said the great-grandmother ‘more than deserves the opportunity to reintegrate into society’ after spending so many years behind bars.

‘It is our profound, and hopefully realistic, hope that release is on the horizon.’

Earlier on Wednesday Barnett said that Johnson’s legal team does not ‘have any expectations’ that Trump will act today or at all.

‘We do hope that the president will grant her clemency today, but we don’t know that will happen,’ she said. ‘We’re encouraged to see that people like Alice, and thousands of other people like Alice, are getting attention and hopefully release soon.’

Kardashian said in a tweet on Wednesday that confirmed reports that she was headed to the White House: ‘Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you’

Kardashian has been campaigning for Johnson’s release and has been involved in months of talks with the White House about a pardon.

She reached out to first daughter Ivanka Trump and established a connection with Kushner, Vanity Fair reported, and will meet with both today in Washington.

Neither her husband Kanye West, who is a Trump supporter, nor other members of the Kardashian family were at the meeting that spanned an hour from arrival to departure at the White House complex.

Kardashian, who was wearing all black, arrived at and left in a black SUV.

She did not make an attempt to engage with a pack of press staking her out.

In the past she has said she would like to ‘explain to [President Trump] that, just like everybody else, we can make choices in our lives that we’re not proud of and that we don’t think through all the way’ as she campaigns for a pardon for Johnson and prison reform.

Kushner has pulled from his father Charles’ own year-long incarceration in 2005 – for tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions, and witness tampering – in his prison reform agenda.

He helped to engineer the First Step Act, created to offer job training and drug-treatment programs, as well as time off their sentences, as an incentive for inmates with good behavior.

The House-passed bill that is before the U.S. Senate would allow non-violent offenders to spend the end of their sentences in halfway homes.

Kushner at a White House event this month said, ‘The single biggest thing we want to do is really define what the purpose of a prison is. Is the purpose to punish, is the purpose to warehouse, or is the purpose to rehabilitate?’

The senior White House adviser acknowledged that the legislation is indeed a first step, as the act’s name suggests.

‘If we can start showing that we can make the prisons more purposeful and more effective at lowering the recidivism rate over time, that may help the people who are trying to make the argument for sentencing reform,’ Kushner said at the White House summit on prison reform.

Trump’s administration has a mixed record when it comes to reforms, however, after the president ran on a platform of ‘law and order’ as a candidate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that provided leniency for drug offenders in states that have passed rules legalizing marijuana as one of his first acts atop the Department of Justice.

Trump himself has signed several politically-charged pardons for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arapaio and other supporters.

Just last week on Thursday the president posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson – the legendary black boxer who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 – at the request of actor and support Sylvester Stallone.

The act made it illegal to transport women across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. It was often used, though, as a punishment for interracial relationships.

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