Kim Kardashian visits the White House to make clemency plea for drug-trafficking grandmother

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Kim Kardashian West visited the White House Wednesday to meet with Jared Kushner. Copyright Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP
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By Jonathan Allen with NBC News Politics
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The reality television star was expected to meet with Jared Kushner Wednesday to seek a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time offender who is serving a life sentence.


WASHINGTON — Kim Kardashian West met the West Wing Tuesday, as the reality television superstar headed to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to discuss a possible pardon for Alice Marie Johnson.

Johnson, a grandmother now in her early sixties, is more than two decades into a life sentence for a first-time conviction based on her role in a drug-trafficking case.

In part of a larger prosecution of people involved with the Colombian drug cartel Cali, Johnson was convicted on a series of charges ranging from conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it to money laundering.

Johnson gained Kardashian West's attention after the news organization Mic published a jailhouse video in which she described how her life spiraled out of control following the development of a gambling problem: She lost her job, her marriage ended and her son died in a motorcycle accident.

"I went into a complete panic and out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money," she told Mic.

Kim Kardashian West visited the White House Wednesday to meet with Jared Kushner.
Kim Kardashian West visited the White House Wednesday to meet with Jared Kushner.Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Kardashian West isn't the only one asking the Trump administration for clemency for Johnson. The group has put together an online petition on her behalf, and she tops the non-profit group Can-Do's list of convicted women who deserve a reprieve.

Kardashian West's White House visit for the meeting with Kushner, whose own father served federal prison time for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and witness tampering, lasted about an hour.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters earlier Wednesday that the meeting would happen but declined to detail what she expected from it, and Trump administration officials did not immediately respond to NBC's request for comment on details of the reported conversation after Kardashian West and Kushner departed the White House separately.

But before the expected talk with Kushner, Kardashian West Tweeted a message to Johnson.

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