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Kim Kardashian West tweets thank you note to President Trump

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Democrats could maybe learn about “true bipartisanship” from Kim Kardashian West.

The reality television star and wife of rapper Kanye West offered her sincere appreciation to President Donald Trump, thanking him for signing criminal justice reform legislation which secured the release of a Tennessee man.

“Just got word that Matthew Charles will be coming home within 24 hours,” West tweeted Thursday. “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for signing the 1st step act. This is what true bipartisanship can accomplish.”

Trump signed the First Step Act last month, ushering in sweeping changes that will improve rehabilitation programs for former inmates as well as allow judges more flexibility in how they sentence those accused of nonviolent crimes.

Charles was one of the first prisoners to be released under the new reform law, according to a Nashville Public Radio report cited by West in her tweet.

According to the report:

Matthew Charles was incarcerated for selling crack in 1996 and was released after serving two decades behind bars. While in prison, Charles took college courses, became a law clerk and a mentor for new prisoners. He spent two decades without a single disciplinary infraction. A judge took that into account when reducing his sentence in 2016.

 

But he was ordered back to prison for another decade last year when he was re-sentenced two years after his release because federal prosecutors argued that the “career offender” was released in error. After Trump signed the First Step Act into law, Charles’ attorney filed a motion claiming his client would now fall under the reduced guidelines for crack offenses.

The U.S. Attorney’s office responded that they would not appeal or fight the case and a federal judge on Thursday ordered Charles’ immediate release from a Kentucky prison.

Trump had earned West’s gratitude last year when he agreed to pardon 63-year-old first-time drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving 21 years of a life sentence.

West’s shout-out to the president on Charles’ imminent release from prison earned much applause on Twitter where many thought she could use her influence to help secure nation’s border.

Frieda Powers

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