Stephen Colbert turns Trump’s pardoning spree into a reality TV show

Sergio Cunningham
June 8, 2018

"Because I felt like she's was a good person-you can see that in her", Kardashian said in the exclusive interview.

Kardashian, the wife of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, visited the White House a week ago to make the case for Johnson's release to Trump.

The action was the latest in a recent string of pardons and other acts of clemency from Trump, and aides haves suggested that more could soon be on the way.

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"I don't necessarily think that if she were to come to the president next week with another case that she would necessarily get the same hearing".

Johnson learned the news of her clemency on Wednesday, during an emotional conference call with Kardashian West and her legal team.

Johnson's family greeted her when she was released, and she joyfully ran into their arms.

On Friday, Trump suggested he might pardon lifestyle businesswoman Martha Stewart, who served 5 months, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is still serving a 14-year sentence for extortion and an attempt to sell the former Senate seat of President Barack Obama.

The Mic video profiling Johnson has been viewed over 4 million times on Facebook and a petition asking the president to grant Johnson clemency received the support of 271,000 people, USA Today reported.

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The television personality later tweeted to say she spoke to Johnson on the phone to tell her the news, saying the phone call was "one of my best memories". She said she turned her life around in prison and decided that she wasn't "going to just do time or let time do me".

"All of my family is gathered here tonight - family members that I've only talked to on the phone, heard about their birth".

Now that she's free, she said she wants to advocate for inmates with similar stories.

The 37-year-old reality show star made a personal plea on behalf of the 62-year-old grandmother who was given a life sentence in 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades", the statement read.

Unlike a pardon, a commutation does not expunge a criminal conviction.

"When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping up and screaming and crying and everyone else was crying", Johnson recalled.

Mr Trump and Kim met in the Oval office to discuss Ms Johnson's case on May 30.

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