Stephen Colbert Offers Rare Praise for Trump After Alice Johnson Clemency

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"Alice Marie Johnson was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 1996 and received a sentence far too severe for the crime: life without the possibility of parole", said Jennifer Turner of the ACLU in a statement.

Now she is back with her family.

The two met last Wednesday, alongside Jared Kushner, and discussed whether Ms. Johnson should be released and if she has paid her debt to society.

"There's so much food, crying, hugging, singing and dancing".

"We had a huge celebration and that was impromptu of course", said Johnson.

She sat down for an interview at her lawyer's office in Downtown Memphis and says she's still pinching herself.

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Kim Kardashian West had lobbied for her release, meeting the president last week.

"Kim was the key to all of this".

"I'm still waiting to exhale!" she said in an email from prison, roughly 24 hours before she was released. "I didn't even know life was on the table until after the trial", said Johnson.

Kardashian said after hearing about Johnson's story she chose to act.

"The only way that I was able to make it through that time, and this is the truth, was my faith in God".

"I have been literally shaking ever since I heard this news - this is the best present anyone could have gave me in my life", Scales said.

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While in prison, where she became a grandmother and great-grandmother, Johnson enrolled in educational and vocational programmes, volunteered to help sick and dying prisoners and helped coordinate the prison's Special Olympics.

"First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, thank Jesus Christ. I've been seeing everyone walking around with one". "It's time to go home!'" Catina Johnson told CNN in a phone call on her way to pick up her mother.

"They are in situations like mine". "I can't just walk away and forget those who have been left behind".

"The presidential pardon holds a special resonance for Trump, representing one area where he has nearly unchecked power as other aspects of his presidency... remain outside his control", The Post says.

A commuted sentence replaces the original court ordered sentence but does not change the conviction.

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