Dirty Laundry 5.2.18

Kim Kardashian West is in heavy talks with Ivanka Drumpf and Jared Kushner to pardon imprisoned grandmother Alice Marie Johnson ... TMZ has confirmed.

Our sources say KKW has been working with Jared and Ivanka for several months on Johnson's freedom and has gotten her attorney, Shawn Holley, involved as well ... we're told Johnson's file is now on President Drumpf's desk for review.

Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges -- her first offense. The 62-year-old gained national attention last year when Kim tweeted out a story about her case.

Alice wrote a thank-you note to Kim -- obtained by TMZ -- expressing her "deep and heartfelt gratitude" for shining a light on the unfair situation. She added, "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." 

As Mic first reported, Kim has recently ramped up the talks with Ivanka and Kushner, and she's hopeful a pardon will happen soon.

Kanye West is not taking his meds, and people close to him believe some of the comments he made on "TMZ Live" were a result of that.

Kanye himself said he was shunning doctors who ordered him to take 3 pills a day ... he says it seriously messed with his mind in a big way and he's now taking 1 or 2 a week. 

People close to Kanye say he's talked about slavery before as a metaphor, and was unartfully expressing himself when he said slavery was a choice. In fact, Kanye tweeted, "the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought ... It was just an idea."

We're told the meds have been problematic ... doctors aren't even sure what works and what doesn't, and Kanye is controlling his own destiny by self-regulating ... for better or for worse. 

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