President Trump granted a full pardon to criminal justice reform advocate Alice Marie Johnson more than two years after he commuted her life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. "We’re going to give a full pardon. We are going to do it right now," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday. He signed the pardon at 2:12 p.m., which he said changed his action from a commutation to a full pardon.
H/T: Washington Examiner
Trump commended Johnson for the work she has done since leaving prison. He called her original sentence "horrible" and said he was proud of her for her continued efforts on criminal justice reform. He said the pardon would allow Johnson to do "whatever you want in life and just keep doing the great job you are doing."
"Alice was given a life sentence, and you spent about 22 years and for something that today a lot of people would not even be going to jail for, and it was horrible," Trump said. "We found out about it, and we gave you a commutation. That means we were able to get Alice out, and she’s been so outstanding. and I am so proud of you."
Alice Johnson just handed @realDonaldTrump his second term on a silver platter. What an astonishing speaker.— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 28, 2020
Alice Johnson was 42 years old when she was sentenced in 1997 to life in prison thanks to a law written by Joe Biden.— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 27, 2020
Tonight Alice will address the Republican convention in support of the person who set her free in 2018: President Donald Trump. https://t.co/BfrWmMbs4I
As people question her "Blackness" for being conservative, Alice Johnson responds:— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 28, 2020
"We are exercising our choice and our right and our freedom to use our minds—I'm not a prop and I'm not a puppet. I make my own choices as to what I'd like to do." #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/9NnWY34wzV
Alice Johnson at RNC: "I always remembered that God knew my name, even in my darkest hour. But I never thought that a president would."— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 28, 2020
In 1996, Alice Johnson was handed 5 life sentences without the chance of parole by a crime bill that Biden wrote.— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) August 28, 2020
Through the guidance of Kim Kardashian, POTUS commuted her sentence in June 2018 and is now a vocal supporter of him and his criminal justice reform legislation.