Trump said he hoped Alice Johnson 'doesn't go out and kill anyone' after he decided to grant clemency to her following his meeting with Kim Kardashian
Trump made the comments days after he met with celebrity Kim Kardashian on May 30, 2018, according to then-senior advisor Jared Kushner.news.yahoo.com
Kim and Kanye: Tales of an uber celeb marriage gone wrong
FILE - Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian attend the WSJ. Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, from Kanye West after 6 1/2 years of marriage. If there's one word that defines the lives of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, it's BIG. The over-the-top Tuscan wedding of Kim and Kanye, her third and his first, unfolded on May 24, 2014. Kanye has made it big in shoes, and Kim rolls out beauty and attire on a regular basis.
A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations
Trump commuted his sentence in July just days before he was scheduled to report to federal prison. The president commuted her sentence; the White House said the commutation was supported by several former U.S. attorneys general. A White House news release praised the men as “model prisoners,” who had earned support and praise from other inmates. She was in the White House when Trump signed the overhaul measure, known as the First Step Act, into law. Black was a co-defendant in the case and was also convicted; Trump previously pardoned him.
A look at pardons, clemency in waning weeks of Trump tenure
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people, including Collins. Papadopoulos was the first Trump aide to plead guilty as part of Mueller’s investigation – pleading guilty to lying to the FBI – and served a nearly two-week sentence in federal prison. The White House said Stockman had contracted coronavirus while in federal prison and has served more than two years of his 10-year sentence. Esformes’ prison sentence was commuted by the president on Tuesday, but other aspects of his sentence, including supervised release and millions in restitution, remained intact. The White House said the commutation was supported by a number of former attorneys general and said Esformes is in declining health.
Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door
WASHINGTON – Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power. No, Mr. President, that would be a gross abuse of the presidential pardon authority,” Schumer said. Trump then featured Johnson's story in a Super Bowl ad and pardoned her during this year's Republican National Convention. He has participated in several meetings at the White House during Trump's term as officials brainstormed potential changes to the formal clemency process. “For those people that should be free," he said, Trump's friends-and-family approach to pardons is "a deep and real tragedy."
Kim Kardashian West flexes her prison-reform muscle, taking on death-penalty case
In April, she released “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” a documentary on Oxygen. “While Brandon did participate in this crime, his role was minor compared to that of the other teens involved, two of whom are home from prison now,” Kardashian West continued Sunday on Twitter. She also posted videos from two of the five jurors who — out of the nine jurors still alive — now regret their vote for the death sentence two decades ago. Bernard, who was convicted of the same four charges Vialva was, got the death sentence for Stacie Bagley’s killing. AdvertisementKardashian West’s success in urging Trump to alter heavy sentences began with the mid-2018 pardon of Johnson, who was serving a life sentence plus 25 years for a nonviolent drug offense.latimes.com
President Trump, first lady Melania test positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump announced early Friday he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, plunging the United States into further upheaval and uncertainty just over a month away from Election Day. Vice President Mike Pence, who is next in line for the presidency, and his wife tested negative, the White House announced later Friday. The White House physician said the president and first lady were "both well" at the moment. Previously, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had tested positive for coronavirus and survived, as did Britain's Prince Charles. The announcement came hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus.cnbc.com
Trump pardons Alice Johnson, who praised him in RNC speech
President Donald Trump speaks with Alice Marie Johnson as he issues a full pardon for Johnson in Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump pardoned a woman on Friday who was a featured speaker on the final night of the Republican National Convention and had praised him as a compassionate leader. Trump pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense. Johnson had spoken at the convention about the power of redemption and praised Trump. Johnson said Thursday that she was free by the grace of God and the compassion of President Donald John Trump.___Associated Press staff writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.
House Democrats to attempt to check Trump's pardon power
WASHINGTON House Democrats will try to rein in President Donald Trumps clemency powers on Thursday as they advance legislation that would discourage pardons for friends and family and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves. Trump this month commuted Stone's prison sentence for crimes related to the Russia investigation. The move to shield Stone from prison was a dramatic example of Trump's willingness to exert presidential power over criminal cases, including ones prosecuted by his own Justice Department. The House Judiciary Committee will vote on two bills and an amendment that would try to dissuade Trump or any future presidents from abusing their pardon powers. And he has granted clemency in a host of other controversial cases, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov.
Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's sentence
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump called Roger Stone to inform his longtime political confidant that he would commute his sentence for crimes related to the Russia investigation, Stone told The Associated Press on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison. The president told me he thought my trial has been unfair, Stone told the AP in a phone call from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A commutation would not erase Stones felony convictions in the same way a pardon would, but it would protect him from serving prison time as a result. Trump had repeatedly publicly inserted himself into Stones case, including just before Stones sentencing, when he suggested in a tweet that Stone was being subjected to a different standard than several prominent Democrats. Trump went on a clemency spree in February commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov.
Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. Stone, 67, had been set to report to prison on Tuesday after a federal appeals court rejected his bid to postpone his surrender date. But he told The Associated Press that Trump called him Friday evening to tell him he was off the hook. With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else, Schiff said. Trump went on a clemency spree in February, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov.
Kardashian West pursues criminal justice reform in TV show
It's 20 hours a week, so it is a lot of my time.”“Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project” airs April 5 on Oxygen. “Once you hear the circumstances that led them to make those decisions, your heart would completely open up,” Kardashian West told the AP. Kardashian West said that no one she's helped has tried to exploit her entertainment industry ties for additional assistance. Kardashian West began advocating for criminal justice reform after helping Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life plus 25-year sentence as a first-time non-violent drug offender. “I'm raising four black children that could face a situation like any of the people that I help,” Kardashian West said.
Kim Kardashian West is making a documentary about prison reform
(CNN) - Since she helped free Alice Marie Johnson, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has gotten the bug for political activism -- specifically prison reform. The reality star turned criminal justice reform advocate is now working on a documentary about the subject, which will be released via Oxygen. Kardashian West stopped by a Washington, D.C., prison last week to film part of "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project." "I hope you will learn about the justice system the way I have," Kardashian West wrote on Twitter Saturday. Kardashian West has been working with lawyers and activists in a national bipartisan advocacy group for criminal justice reform.