As if Washington didn’t feel circus-y enough this week — what with President Trump’s raging over Bob Woodward’s bombshell book and craziness during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings — Kim Kardashian has entered the picture.
The reality TV star was back at the White House and among the attendees of a “listening session about the clemency process,” according to a Wednesday pool report. Senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was among those hosting, per the report. “The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review,” according to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
It was a return visit for Kardashian, who met with Trump in May in the Oval Office to urge him to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who was imprisoned in 1996 and was serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Kardashian’s efforts paid off, and Trump later offered Johnson a presidential pardon.
On Wednesday, Kardashian shared images from the meeting that showed her sitting around a conference table with a group that included Kushner and first daughter Ivanka Trump. Kardashian tweeted that her efforts “started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. It’s time for REAL systemic change.”
This time, Kardashian’s cause celebre seems to be Chris Young, who is 10 years into his life sentence for cocaine and marijuana possession. It seems as though she’s giving the matter a serious effort — per Vanity Fair, “Kardashian has been in near daily contact with Kushner or White House staff members to push for more names.”