Kim Kardashian’s advocacy is taking her straight to the White House.
The reality TV star will be meeting with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner in the White House to discuss prison reform on Wednesday, Vanity Fair reports.
Kardashian began campaigning for the release of 62-year-old great-grandmother Alice Johnson last year. Johnson has served more than 20 years of a life sentence without parole that was handed down to her in 1997 for a first-time, nonviolent, drug-related offense.
Kardashian is expected to ask for a pardon for Johnson during her Oval Office meeting, according to Vanity Fair’s sources. Lest anyone suspect that Kardashian’s advocacy efforts are a a publicity stunt, it should also be noted that she reportedly plans to leave her sisters, the camera crew, and her publicist at home for this particular outing.
Johnson’s fight for freedom has been a long one. She was a likely candidate for release when President Obama granted clemency to more than 200 people in 2016, many of them nonviolent offenders — but Johnson did not make the cut.
Kardashian tweeted Mic’s coverage of Johnson’s case in October, later assembling a legal team to fight for freedom on Johnson’s behalf. Kardashian has had several phone conversations with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Kushner on the subject over the course of several months, Mic reports, leading up to Wednesday’s meeting.
Johnson thanked Kardashian for her advocacy efforts in a letter last year, TMZ reports, writing, “There are no words to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms. Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family. I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope.”
[Photo: Kim Kardashian attends a “Sudler” talk during Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on June 24, 2015 in Cannes, France. By Francois G. Durand/Getty Images]