Nathan Congleton – NBC Information/TODAY
It was time for Alice Johnson to fulfill the girl answerable for securing her freedom.
After spending 20 years of a life sentence in jail for drug trafficking, the 63-year-old was launched on parole after President Donald Trump commuted her sentence this month. Had it not been for Kim Kardashian, the great-grandmother might have been spending the remainder of her life behind bars.
It was final October when the truth star first realized of Johnson’s case and shared a report about her along with her 60 million Twitter followers. Seven months later, the 2 ladies got here head to head for the primary time—in Johnson’s dwelling.
“It turned this mission that I simply did not need to surrender,” Kardashian stated of eager to win Johnson’s freedom throughout a At present interview aired on Thursday. As the ladies sat facet by facet in entrance of Hoda Kotb, the mom of three described how she had spoken to her legal professional quickly after studying about Johnson to see if there was something they might do to assist her. She additionally bought on the cellphone with First Daughter Ivanka Trump.
“I known as Ivanka and we had a very nice dialog about ladies and wanting to assist one another and I knew that she would’ve understood Alice and she or he instantly was so receptive and so nice,” Kardashian stated.
Whereas some have criticized Kardashian and attributed the seemingly clean course of to her movie star, Kardashian stated that wasn’t the case. “We had been in talks and dealing on this for seven months and it wasn’t an immediate factor,” she stated in protection.
In the meantime, Johnson’s life was all of the sudden intertwined with probably the most well-known stars on the planet—one she had by no means heard of earlier than. “I didn’t know her title,” Johnson admitted. “I did not know Kim.” So, she began to do her homework, gathering whichever magazines she might discover to study in regards to the mogul.
As for Kardashian, she ultimately had a gathering to take on the Oval Workplace on, coincidentally, on Johnson’s birthday. “It was overwhelming in essentially the most superb manner,” she described her late Could assembly with the president.
After cracking a joke about sister Khloe Kardashian being fired from Celeb Apprentice, the 2 bought severe about Johnson’s case. “The president had compassion for her instantly,” Kardashian stated. “He felt that it was the best factor to do.”
Every week later, Johnson was free, although it took a name from Kardashian to study the life-changing information. “I believed she knew as a result of the information was beginning to break and we needed to get her on the cellphone,” the truth star defined.
“When she stated that [I could go home], I went into full-fledged pentacostal holy dance,” Johnson stated.
“I like this girl,” Kardashian informed her. “I like this woman,” Johnson stated in response as they embraced.
Now, greater than 20 years after being convicted for a criminal offense on the lowest level in her life, Johnson’s experiences will form her particular subsequent chapter.
“I plan on persevering with to enlarge this subject,” she informed Kotb. “I am unable to cease.”
As for Kardashian, she’s not precisely planning to run for public workplace, however she has discovered a brand new ardour in life.
“I am nonetheless doing me, however I take pleasure in this,” she stated. “This has fulfilled my coronary heart. Since I really feel so fulfilled, why would I cease that?”
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