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Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

09 June 2018, 02:43 | Charlene Valdez

Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

"He wasn't very popular then", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he prepared to leave for Quebec for the Group of Seven summit.

A spokesman for Ali thanked Trump but said a pardon isn't necessary.

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.

Trump said numerous 3,000 people he was considering for pardons were treated unfairly or given unfairly long sentences.

Trump said he was considering a number of other pardons too and said that the pardoning power was "a lovely thing" for presidents.

Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, released a statement Friday that said exactly this.

Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, reversing his conviction on a technicality.

In May, Trump also posthumously pardoned former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.


In addition to the fact that Ali's conviction was eventually overturned, President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket pardon for draft evaders in 1977.

Ali eventually became licensed again, however, and he went on to have a storied boxing career that lasted until 1981.

Asked if he will pardon former campaign aides such as Paul Manafort, indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said, "They haven't been convicted of anything". I'm thinking about that seriously. According to USA Today, if granted it would make Ali just the fourth posthumous pardon in history.

Trump's musing about an Ali pardon was blasted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the president of "nothing more than grandstanding".

The president also called on the National Football League and its players to give him recommendations for pardons. He was fined $10,000 and faced a five-year sentence in prison.

Ali was convicted in 1967 for dodging the draft for the Vietnam War.

"This was quite a surprise to everybody this morning when we heard about it", he said Friday during a phone interview. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West personally appealed to Trump to pardon the 63-year-old grandmother.

He told reporters outside the White House Friday, that he is considering granting clemency to at least 3,000 more people - including Ali.



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