Kim Kardashian denies she was used as Trump political pawn in Alice Marie Johnson case

Kim Kardashian West is fighting back against claims that she was used as a political pawn by President Trump as she secured the release of Alice Marie Johnson.

The reality star and business mogul spoke out Thursday night for the first time since Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, had her sentence for a non-violent drug conviction commuted after 22 years behind bars. 

Speaking to CNN’s Van Jones, Kardashian West said her personal goal to see Johnson's freedom was met because of the president, and denied anything nefarious was at play.

“At the end of the day, he heard me out, we got the job done — so what could he really use me for?” she said.

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Kardashian West first learned of Johnson’s case on social media and set out to make a difference.

“I reached out to Ivanka [Trump] and I said, 'I know that you have compassion for women like this,'” Kardashian West said. “She immediately got it and she immediately felt it."

Ivanka Trump then involved her husband, Jared Kushner, who Kardashian West said “has really been amazing.”

Kardashian West met with President Trump in late May. A week later, Johnson was free.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star is now hoping to meet Johnson. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Kim Kardashian West speaks onstage at MDNA SKIN hosts Madonna and Kim Kardashian West for a beauty conversation at YouTube Space LA on March 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Madonna's MDNA SKIN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Kim Kardashian west and Madonna backstage at MDNA SKIN hosts Madonna and Kim Kardashian West for a beauty conversation at YouTube Space LA on March 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Madonna's MDNA SKIN)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Kim Kardashian West attends the BoF West Summit at Westfield Century City on June 18, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Kris Jenner (L) and Kim Kardashian West attend the BoF West Summit at Westfield Century City on June 18, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: TV personality Kim Kardashian, winner of the Best Reality Series/Franchise award for 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', walks off stage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/VMN18/Getty Images for MTV)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: TV personalities Kim Kardashian (L) and Kris Jenner attend the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: KIm Kardashian arrives at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and daughter North West seen out and about in Manhattan on June 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out and about in Manhattan on June 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: (L-R) Kim Kardashian West, La La Anthony, and Jonathan Cheban attend the Nas 'Nasir' Album Listening Session on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: North West and Kim Kardashian seen on the streets of Manhattan on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kim Kardashian West attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kim Kardashian West attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
TV personality Kim Kardashian is seen entering the grounds of the White House on May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Kim Kardashian is seen walking in Soho on May 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Kim Kardashian is seen in Chinatown on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: (L-R) Talent Manager, Jenner Communications, Kris Jenner, Model Kendall Jenner, Founder, Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Jenner, and Founder and CEO, KKW Kim Kardashian attends an intimate dinner hosted by The Business of Fashion to celebrate its latest special print edition 'The Age of Influence' at Peachy's/Chinese Tuxedo on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Kim Kardashian West attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Kim Kardashian attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Kim Kardashian West is seen arriving to the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: TV Personality Kim Kardashian attends as The Mark Hotel celebrates the 2018 Met Gala at The Mark Hotel on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 31: Kim Kardashian West attends KKWxMario Dinner at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills on March 31, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES - 2018/03/24: Kim Kardashian and Husband Kanye West along with Daughter North West, show up to support March For Our Lives. Tens of thousands of Americans took to the street on Washington DC during the 'March for our Lives' demonstration against gun violence in schools in the United States. (Photo by Emilee McGovern/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Kim Kardashian West attends Lorraine Schwartz launches The Eye Bangle a new addition to her signature Against Evil Eye Collection at Delilah on March 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Lorraine Schwartz )
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Kim Kardashian West attends Lorraine Schwartz launches The Eye Bangle a new addition to her signature Against Evil Eye Collection at Delilah on March 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Lorraine Schwartz )
CHATSWORTH, CA - MARCH 09: Kim Kardashian watches courtside as Sierra Canyon plays Foothills Christian for the CIF Open Division Playoffs at Sierra Canyon High School on March 9, 2018 in Chatsworth, California. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Kim Kardashian attends the release of Marina Acton's new single 'Fantasize' at Boulevard3 on March 5, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Marina Acton and Kim Kardashian take a selfie at the release of Marina Acton's new single 'Fantasize' at Boulevard3 on March 5, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 02: Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian are seen upon arrival at Tokyo Station on March 2, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Entrepreneur Kim Kardashian West at the Create & Cultivate Los Angeles conference in the Simon G. Jewelry Green Room on February 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Create & Cultivate )
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“I know I’m going to cry so much when I see her,” Kardashian West said as she fought tears. “But, just to know that we changed one person’s life...”

It appears Johnson is among the first of many Americans Trump plans to offer pardons and commuted sentences, as the president told reporters he’s just getting started.

“I’m thinking about someone, you know, who went through a lot,” Trump said. "Mohammed Ali."

The boxing legend was found guilty of evading the draft during the Vietnam War, but the conviction was overturned in 1971. Therefore, a pardon is redundant.

"We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary," a lawyer for the Ali family said.

Trump denied he would pardon his former aides currently under investigation in the Russia probe, saying they haven’t been convicted of anything. 

"There’s nothing to pardon," Trump said.

When asked if he believes he is above the law, Trump said, "I never want anybody to be above the law, and yes, I do have an absolute right to pardon myself, but I didn’t do anything wrong."

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