President Trump told reporters Friday that he wanted to give clemency to more people treated unfairly by the legal system, particularly cases involving people like Alice Johnson, who he released from a life sentence for drug dealing at the request of Kim Kardashian West.

"I want to do people that are unfairly treated like an Alice," he said before boarding a Marine helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House. Hours later, lists of additional names were hand-delivered to the West Wing.

White House counsel Don McGahn and presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner sat down for separate meetings with a right-leaning policy advocate who handed them lists of dozens of inmates serving long sentences, according to a person involved in the discussions.

McGahn invited the advocate about a week earlier, requesting names, and seemed to react favorably to the case of Chris Young, a 30-year-old from Tennessee with a life sentence since age 22 for a drug conspiracy, the source said. The sentencing judge called Young's penalty "way out of whack," but said he had no choice.

Young’s name was supplied to the advocate by his attorney Brittany Barnett, who also represented Johnson. Dozens of additional names were supplied by the CAN-DO Foundation, which championed Johnson, as well as Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

Topping a list of 20 marijuana inmates assembled by CAN-DO were Michael Pelletier and John Knock, who are serving life sentences for smuggling marijuana and unsuccessfully requested clemency from former President Barack Obama.

Pelletier, a paralyzed inmate, received a life sentence for smuggling pot from Canada into Maine, jurisdictions where the drug is now legal or soon will be. Knock’s sentence inspired his sister Beth Curtis to create the advocacy website documenting similar cases.

"I will die in prison if President Trump does not commute my sentence," Pelletier recently told the Washington Examiner. "Sometimes, I wonder if I'm dead already because I'm living in hell.”

A list of 17 women and six men prepared by CAN-DO was topped by drug-conspiracy convict Michelle West and mail-fraud inmate Connie Farris, women who recently expressed optimism about Trump’s clemency moves, saying they hoped to rejoin their families.

It’s unclear if others advocates are being invited to similar meetings at the White House as Trump blazes an unconventional early-term approach to clemency that until now has relied heavily on the recommendations of celebrities and political allies.

“They had questions,” the source said of meetings involving McGahn and Kushner. “It was a back-and-forth, just gathering information.”

The advocate who brought lists to the White House received the impression that officials may be considering setting up an internal clemency commission to circumvent or supplement the work of the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.

In his remarks Friday morning, Trump claimed he was reviewing 3,000 names of clemency aspirants and invited football players who claim unfairness in the legal system to submit more names.

It’s unclear if Trump actually has a list of 3,000 names. It’s possible he was referring to the about 3,000 clemency applications — for pardons and commutations combined — that the Office of the Pardon Attorney received during his administration. But the OPA, which clemency advocates consider slow and biased, has about 11,000 open cases that rolled over from Obama.

Although Trump referred to a clemency-reviewing “committee” on Friday, a White House official said that clemency petitions currently are being reviewed through the standard process, featuring the pardon attorney's office. There's some indication that's the case. Before Trump issued his second pardon to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, for example, the OPA abruptly reopened Saucier's case and sent him a detailed personal questionnaire.

“The White House will continue to review pardons and make decisions on a rolling basis,” the official said. “The White House and the Department of Justice receives thousands of clemency applications per year. The Office of the Pardon Attorney at the Department of Justice and the Deputy Attorney General review these applications in order to make recommendations to the White House on potential pardons."

Then, the official said, the White House counsel’s office “reviews these recommendations for denial and for clemency grants, and advises the president. As is customary, the vast majority of clemency petitions do not meet the high standards for clemency.”

Amy Povah, the leader of the CAN-DO Foundation, said she’s pleased with Trump’s recent emphasis on clemency. So far, Trump has issued two prison commutations and five pardons, but the quickening pace is giving aspirants hope.

“I have always felt that President Trump would be interested in clemency if he understood the fundamental problem with the Office of the Pardon Attorney being controlled by DOJ,” Povah said. “It's a conflict of interest for DOJ to have final say, which is why some of the best cases never made it to the White House during the Obama administration, like Alice Johnson.”

Margaret Love, who served as U.S. pardon attorney between 1990 and 1997, said she’s also optimistic.

“It’s great news that the president may be interested in considering additional cases involving harsh prison sentences,” Love told the Washington Examiner. “President Obama’s clemency program was a good start but he left many deserving cases behind.”

Love, now in private practice, said “it’s also very good news that President Trump has begun considering pardons early in his term, as presidents have done until very recently. Typically, presidents have not waited until the end of their terms to start a regular program of issuing pardons and commutations. President Obama began taking his pardoning responsibilities seriously too late in his term to restore regularity and credibility to the pardon process.”

In a paper published this month by the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Love wrote critically of Obama's legacy. Although Obama commuted more sentences than his nine predecessors combined, primarily shortening drug sentences, Love wrote that “the means he chose to accomplish his goals were fated to fall short, and his neglect of other less-fraught ‘second chance’ clemency opportunities may have made it harder for his successor to use the power. In the end, by some measures he left the pardon power in a worse condition than he found it.”

"President Obama neglected cases involving requests for a full pardon from people who have fully served their sentences and are seeking restoration of rights and status," Love told the Washington Examiner. "President Trump has an opportunity to restore credibility to pardoning, whether reducing prison sentences or relieving the collateral consequences of conviction."

Longtime Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who pushed Trump to issue his first commutation before consulting on two pardons, told the Examiner recently that, with Trump, "you have to appeal to his sense of injustice. He feels he is now being subject to injustice, and so he's very sensitive to injustices."

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"I think if you write a letter to the president and you set down the case in a compassionate way, I think his staff knows that he's looking for cases of injustice," Dershowitz said. "This president may want to go down in history as somebody who has given pardons in places where other presidents would not have done it."