Almost a day after speaking at the Republican National Convention, President Trump pardons Alice Johnson.
Johnson served a 21-year life sentence, as a first-time nonviolent drug offender, until 2018 when Trump granted her a commutation after Kim Kardashian West pleaded for Johnson’s release.
Friday afternoon in the Oval Office alongside Johnson, Trump said, “We’re giving Alice a full pardon. I just told her… That means you can do whatever you want in life. Just keep doing the great job you’re doing. Alice has done an incredible job since she’s been out and recommending other people” to grant clemency.
Johnson, a now criminal reform advocate, told the story of her release during the Republican National Convention on Thursday night and praised President Trump for deciding to sign a criminal justice reform bill.
“It was real justice reform,” she said. And it brought joy, hope, and freedom to thousands of well deserving people. I hollered, ‘Hallelujah!’ My faith in justice and mercy was rewarded. Imagine getting to hug your loved ones again. It’s a feeling I will never forget. And to think, this first step meant so much to so many.”
Since taking office, Trump has granted clemency to more than two dozen people including another one this week that was aired during the Republican National Convention.