Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has been making headlines these days for branching out into law and politics. She is currently aiming to take the bar exam in a couple of years and is doing her best to make some changes in the world.
Although this path is no doubt admirable, a lot of fans also seem to be surprised that Kim Kardashian is rubbing elbows with some controversial people in politics – notably, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. So what is going on? Is Kim Kardashian really friends with them? Here’s what we know.
Kim Kardashian worked with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on prison reform
In 2017, when Kim Kardashian learned about Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who had been serving a life sentence on a nonviolent drug charge since 1996, she wanted to get involved in help free Johnson. Using her powerful connections, Kardashian reportedly “assembled a legal team including Holley [West’s Los Angeles area-based attorney] to fight for Johnson to be released.”
Kim Kardashian decided to also get in touch with Ivanka Trump, who connected her to Jared Kushner. Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner himself has actually been an advocate for criminal justice reform even though other officials in Donald Trump’s administration are against it. Nevertheless, because of him, it did not take long for Kim Kardashian to find someone who would support her cause in the White House.
Kim Kardashian has met with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in Washington DC a couple of times in the past year, both at the couple’s home and in the White House.
Kim Kardashian got the Trump Administration to pass a significant law
In May 2018, Kim Kardashian made headlines everywhere when she was invited to talk with Donald Trump about Alice Marie Johnson’s case. A couple of weeks after their meeting, Trump commuted Johnson and the grandmother was released.
A few months later, Kim Kardashian returned to the White House to urge Donald Trump to sign the First Step Act. The legislation would be a huge step in criminal justice reform, helping nonviolent drug offenders receive lighter punishments. In December, Donald Trump officially signed the act.
Sources say that Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian worked together to help another prisoner, Matthew Charles, who went on to become the first person to be released under the First Step Act.
Is Kim Kardashian friends with the Trumps and the Kushners?
Kim Kardashian has never admitted to being friends with members of the First Family, but it’s important to note that Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump’s relationship actually goes way back.
Both of them used to be friends with Paris Hilton (Hilton and Ivanka Trump ran in the same circle when they were growing up in New York City). According to sources, Kardashian and Trump are definitely friends with each other, which is how the conversation about criminal justice reform was able to happen.
However, instead of focusing on whether Kim Kardashian is close with the Trumps and Kushners or not, people on her side often likes to redirect attention to the fact that these relationships are key to helping her further these causes that she cares about.
“Kim did not support Trump, and her family didn’t support him,” a source told People. “But she knows that she has a very rare opportunity to have the ear of the president, and she has some things that she’s very passionate about and is willing to meet with him to talk about the things she believes.”
Kim Kardashian also does not seem bothered by being connected with people who have been shunned by many in Hollywood.
She once told CNN: “I made a decision to go to the White House when everyone was telling me, ‘Don’t go, your career will be over; you can’t step foot in there.’ And I was like, ‘It’s my reputation over someone’s life?’ Weigh that out.”