Alice Johnson On President Trump: ‘Someone Finally Had Mercy On Me’

Alice Johnson On President Trump: ‘Someone Finally Had Mercy On Me’

Alice Johnson On President Trump: ‘Someone Finally Had Mercy On Me’

"President Trump was courageous enough to come out and do something Congress hasn't done". Johnson will be released from federal prison in Aliceville, Ala., where she has been serving her time since 1996.

"She was speechless. She was in tears".

"She has truly been relentless in her fight for me", Johnson said of Kardashian West.

"You now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons". He says he is considering the case of celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, who served five months over insider trading. Trump has also been drawn to cases in which he believes prosecutors may have been motivated by politics - situations that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Media captionAre presidential pardons Trump's secret weapon? He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

The world has changed considerably since Johnson was arrested, she noted, telling "CBS This Morning", "There are so much new buildings, and I noticed people on the phone a lot".

It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me - and that was President Trump, and so I'm so thankful for him and what he's done.

That meeting took place last week - on Johnson's birthday - and Kardashian said she tried to use her platform to help those who had been working on the 63-year-old's case. "It was a moment I will never forget".

Kardashian West described the moment via Twitter.

It also said that she has accepted responsibility for her behavior and has been a model prisoner.

In portions of the interview that aired on "Anderson Cooper 360" (above), Kardashian discusses why she made a decision to lobby the president on behalf of Johnson, and responded to criticism that by meeting with the president she's endorsing him, "giving him legitimacy in a way", said Jones.

While Alice's conviction has not been pardoned, and will not be erased, the commute effectively ends her sentence. Though Johnson said she feels she overpaid her debt for the crime that she committed, she refuses to focus on the past.

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