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Trump considers a posthumous pardon for Muhammad Ali

Trump considers a posthumous pardon for Muhammad Ali

President Donald Trump said Friday he was thinking "very seriously" about pardoning the late boxing champion Muhammed Ali, who refused to be inducted into the army during the Vietnam War and whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.

An earlier statement issued by Mr Tweel said while the Ali family appreciate President Trump's sentiment, a pardon is unnecessary. Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favour. Mr Trump also recently said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself in the Russian Federation inquiry, although he insists he has done nothing wrong.

Mr Trump said his team was "looking at literally thousands of names" of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences were too long.

"He wasn't very popular then, he certainly is, his memory is very popular now, I'm thinking about Ali, I'm thinking about that very seriously", he said.

It's unclear what exactly Trump intends to pardon, given that Ali's draft-dodging conviction was overturned in 1971 when the champion fighter took the case to the Supreme Court. Last week, Kardashian met with Trump to seek a pardon for the mother of five.

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At the time, Ali had told reporters that he "ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong". Additionally, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned everyone who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.

He also said that he is open to hearing recommendations from NFL players and other athletes, arguing it was a better outlet for their concerns about racial injustice than taking a knee when the national anthem is played. "There is no conviction from which a pardon is necessary".

Ali was convicted of violating the Selective Service Act for refusing to register for the draft in 1967.

Trump has already granted clemency to a number people, and told reporters on Friday that "there will be more pardons". Ali's attorney Ron Tweel disputed the need for a pardon from Trump following his pronouncement. "I have an absolute right to pardon myself", he said, but doesn't need to do that because he did nothing wrong.

"He said he had investigated the case, speaking to several people, including Johnson's warden, and everyone had a unanimous feeling of Alice, that she will live a great life". He called pardoning power "a attractive thing", and may be considering as many as 3,000 pardons, Fox News reports. "So this, to our knowledge, came out of the blue, for reasons that I'll let you speculate".


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