Johnson's commutation is the sixth act of clemency Trump has issued since taking office, and the second granted by Trump after a celebrity appealed to him.
Citing Johnson's good behavior and rehabilitation, President Trump on Wednesday commuted the first-time nonviolent drug offender's life sentence a week after meeting with Kardashian. So, I'll do what I have to do ... to get you out or make this happen if I have the power to do that, ' " she said.
According to Mic, the outlet that first publicized Johnson's story, which in turn got the attention of Kardashian West, "Johnson was convicted for her role facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee".
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Johnson's sister Coria Williams told Mic that she's "hoping that this is not a dream" and that "prayer does work".
"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon". After her marriage fell apart, she lost her son in an accident, and she lost her job, Johnson became involved with a drug ring that transported and distributed cocaine. "This moment would not be happening if it had not been for what Kim Kardashian did and Donald Trump did".
SHAPIRO: Many people saw the photo of Kim Kardashian in the Oval Office with President Trump. "What Kim Kardashian has done is used her connection with Trump to free a family member and score some PR points".
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When Johnson reunited with her family again after two decades, she finally uttered after an emotional outburst, she was "free to live life and free to start over".
Administration officers say the president just isn't exclusively considering potential pardons - which wipes out a conviction - but in addition commutations, which depart the conviction intact and on the individual's document whereas decreasing the punishment.
Trump recently pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation. "While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance".
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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.