Kardashian West's meeting with Trump was met with both praise and skepticism - as some questioned why she's speaking out on criminal justice reform - but she dismissed those critics, saying her actions were prompted by seeing Johnson's story.
A White House official confirmed Wednesday that Ms. Kardashian West had reached out to Mr. Kushner, who has been working on prisons and the sentencing issue, through his wife, Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter.
Kardashian has pushed for months on social media for Johnson to receive clemency.
While the case is an important one, the amusing and somewhat depressing side has not been lost on Twitter, with numerous users pointing out that reality stars - of which Trump was one himself - now seem to be "running the country" and lamenting celebrity culture which "deifies" people like Kardashian West instead of real experts on important issues. Earlier this month, the White House-backed First Step Act, which would expand programs for prisoners and allow for more home confinement, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. "Since then, Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved in that effort as well". In the heartfelt call, Kardashian West wished Johnson a happy birthday, and said warmly, "You would have been proud of us today".
Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, has advocated for prison sentencing reform since taking on a White House role.
"It's not a serious thing to have happen here at the White House", Acosta said of Kardashian, who discussed prison reform with Trump.
"She explained, "[I'm] trying to bring her case to the president's desk and figure out how we can get her out. Husband Kanye West was not present either. Given a life sentence on October 31, 1996, she has served 21 years at the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama.
"She's always stood out to me as being exceptional", says Ms Povah. Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case.
For the occasion, Kardashian West kept it simple and apropos with an all-black pantsuit - complete with a loose-fitting jacket, round-neck top and wide-leg pants - and what appears to be a pair of bright yellow-green Yeezy heels.