"Trump granted a commutation to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who has served nearly 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time criminal offense", read a statement from the White House. One of Johnson's lawyers, Brittany Barnett said that Kardashian West joined a phone call with Johnson and her legal team. The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists and the man he fired as FBI director a year ago.
He spoke with The Associated Press as he was driving to the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, for Johnson's release.
Kim took to Twitter immediately after the news broke to share her happiness. "It's time to go home!'" Catina Johnson told CNN in a phone call on her way to pick up her mother.
She told reporters that Kardashian was the one who first called her with the good news and thanked her especially, saying she never gave up the fight.
It was only last Wednesday Kim met with the Prez at the White House to discuss prison reform and afterwards she shared a photo of the two of them in the Oval Office.
The statement added that the administration believed in being tough on crime but believed in giving a second chance to those who tried to better themselves in prison. Our sources say Kim will make the trip without KUWTK cameras or her sisters.More news: Donald Trump escalates fight with TV network after Roseanne cancellation
"Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget", she added.
According to a 2013 ACLU report on people sentenced to life without parole for nonviolent offenses, Johnson got involved with people selling drugs out of desperation, after she lost her job and was unable to pay her bills. The fiance of George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, has recently appeared on Fox News to ask Trump to pardon Papadopoulos.
The White House noted that letters of support for clemency had been received from Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor.
Her case has been described as an extreme example of harsh, mandatory-minimum drug sentencing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s.
Trump's decision, his latest inspired by a celebrity champion, comes amid a flurry of recent pardons issued by the president.
"When the criteria came out for clemency, I thought for sure - in fact, I was certain that I'd met and exceeded all of the criteria", Johnson told Mic in October. After Obama left office, Johnson's fate laid in Trump's hands.
Tretessa Johnson also thanked Mr. Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has made prison reform part of his portfolio.