This afternoon, President Trump signed an order to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson, a non-violent drug offender. The news came just days after TV reality star Kim Kardashian visited the White House to advocate on her behalf.
Jonathan Swan of Axios reports:
President Trump has signed a commutation for Alice Johnson, currently serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, according to a source with direct knowledge. The Washington Post first reported last night that he had been considering pardoning Johnson.
The details: Johnson’s cause was championed last week at the White House by Kim Kardashian West. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who pushed for Johnson’s pardon, had been in contact with Kardashian West over the past several months on the issue. Per a source familiar, White House counsel Don McGahn is skeptical of the merits of pardoning Johnson.
SCOOP: Trump pardons Alice Johnson after meeting with Kim Kardsashian West https://t.co/fE315ZAfNa
— Axios (@axios) June 6, 2018
Note: Trump has commuted Alice Johnson’s sentence. He did not pardon her.
— Axios (@axios) June 6, 2018
This was a big move by Trump and shows he’s open to doing compassionate things when someone makes the right case.
Many congratulated Trump on making the decision to commute Johnson’s sentence:
BEST NEWS EVER!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/JUbpbE1Bk0
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
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This morning President @realDonaldTrump pardoned Alice Johnson. She was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, now she has a second chance at life. Credit to @KimKardashian who was a big advocate for Alice and Mr. Trump for showing compassion. pic.twitter.com/ugCOWGeki7
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 6, 2018
In an interesting turn of events, liberals are now congratulating Trump while trashing former President Obama for not taking this step earlier:
As a liberal, I am embarrassed that it was not @BarackObama who did something about the unjust sentence of Alice Johnson.
— Carl J. Petersen (@ChangeTheLAUSD) June 6, 2018
Obama could have and should have freed Alice Johnson. He had her application for mercy on his desk. He chose not to. You should all know this.
— #Prisonculture (@prisonculture) June 6, 2018
I’ll call it fair. Trump pardoning Alice Johnson is good. I hope that he continues to pardon first time, non-violent drug offenders. I wish Obama did more than he did.
— Political Jargon (@PoliticJargon) June 6, 2018
Why was Alice Johnson’s clemency denied by Obama? When Obama left office she had already served 20 years.
— JeffW (@jeff28w) June 6, 2018
Looks like liberals are finally realizing what most of us knew years ago: Obama was a big fat failure.
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