Kim Kardashian: I 'Didn't Want to Give Up' on Freeing Alice Johnson

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Kim Kardashian jetting to Memphis to meet recently released prisoner Alice Johnson for first time

Kardashian West, sitting next to Johnson, told Hoda Kotb that the first Trump family member she contacted about Johnson's case was Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter.

"To me, Kim does not seem like a celebrity, she seems like a friend", Johnson told Mic in a video interview just hours before meeting Kardashian West. "I was amazed, too".

Kim added: 'At first I thought she knew because the news was starting to break and we had to get her on the phone.

The pastor pointed out that when reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with Trump, the media missed the "real story", which he considers to be that Trump "is quickly becoming one of the greatest civil rights presidents in modern history".

While we were outside Kardashian was showing Johnson the ropes on snapchat having fun with filters and at one-point Kardashian said love you Alice and Alice said love you Kim.

"As soon as I found out who she was, I started getting every magazine I could find", Johnson said.

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"I did what I knew how to do", she said. Johnson was released from an Alabama prison later that same day.

"To me, this has nothing to do with politics - this has to do with people", Kardashian West said.

"Everyone was saying that "if you don't get [clemency during the Obama presidency], it's not going to happen", Johnson said". Johnson said of her desperation. "I can't stop. I've lived it", she explained.

"So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson".

Johnson also said she plans to use her newfound freedom to speak out on behalf of other nonviolent, first-time offenders. She said she keeps a photo of the reality star and her husband, Kanye West, in her Bible. "I think this is just opening the door". People were listening. I'm telling you, I was dancing, I was dancing, I was jumping, I was screaming. "I've walked with them. I hope to continue important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition". And I can't stop. "My life is completely intertwined forever with those who have been left behind".

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