Donald Trump convinced to slash drug trafficker's sentence after Kim Kardashian intervention, Jared Kushner says
The former senior advisor to Mr Trump made the comments in his new White House memoir
Donald Trump was convinced to slash the sentence of a drug trafficker following an intervention from Kim Kardashian, Jared Kushner has said.
In 2020, Alice Johnson, who received a life sentence for a first-time drug offence, was granted a full pardon by Mr Trump.
Mr Trump, who commuted Ms Johnson’s sentence in 2018 after she had served more than 20 years in prison, signed the pardon during a meeting in the Oval Office.
Writing in his upcoming book titled: “Breaking History: A White House Memoir”, the former senior advisor to Mr Trump, Mr Kushner revealed how Ms Kardashian got involved in the case.
He wrote: “She’d (Ms Johnson) become an ordained minister, completed multiple vocational certifications, mentored fellow inmates, and maintained a spotless behavioural record.
“With the President increasingly supportive of criminal justice reform, I decided it was the perfect moment to bring him Ms Johnson‘s clemency case.
"In an Oval Office meeting in May, after working closely with Kim Kardashian to vet the file, I presented Alice‘s case to the President," in an exert obtained by People.
Speaking of the reality TV star, Mr Kushner added: “She gracefully presented Alice's case to the President.
“She knew the details backward and forward.”
He then recalled a call with Mr Trump over the matter: “Two days later, he called me early in the morning and said, ‘Let’s do the pardon. Let’s hope Alice doesn’t go out and kill anyone!’.”