The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star arrived at the White House on Wednesday afternoon local time to meet with Jared Kushner - President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser - who also oversees the administration's push to overhaul the nation's prison system.
Prison reform advocates argue that lengthy sentences issued during the height of America's so-called war on drugs for nonviolent charges are cruel and inhumane.
In an interview with Mic, Kardashian West said she'd been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news outlet. She was in the building for just under an hour. Kardashian has been in touch with Kushner for "several months now", Barnett said. The group Change.org 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.
In a scene straight out of "Celebrity Apprentice", Kim Kardashian strutted into the White House on Wednesday to discuss criminal justice issues - and the possible release of a 63-year-old nonviolent drug offender - with President Trump.
Ms. Kardashian West was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday, but after advertising her new line of nude lip liners and sharing thoughts from her sister on motherhood, she spoke directly about Ms. Johnson to her 60 million Twitter followers: "Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson".
She went on to say that "the whole thing about pardoning Ms. Johnson" was "cute", but she should be more like Kourtney and stick to what she has a better understanding of. Her husband recently reactivated his account and has used it to profess his admiration for president Trump, drawing much criticism from the African American community in the United States, but also praise from the president himself.
Prison staffers even wrote letters about her accomplishments and clean record during the time Johnson has served. "Out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money". The grandmother was given a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years in 1997 for her part in a cocaine distribution ring, her first offense. "I'll do whatever it takes to get her out".
But Johnson also says, "I want this to be clear: I acknowledge that I have done wrong".