Trump may eye Ali pardon, though late champ may not need one

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Trump may eye Ali pardon, though late champ may not need one

President Trump said Friday that he's thinking about pardoning deceased boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali. When asked about potential pardons, Trump said, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali". "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others, and some folks that have some sentences that aren't fair". "There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed", said Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer's estate and his widow, Lonnie. In 1966, Ali was drafted into the military to serve in the Vietnam War.

Ali was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title and convicted of draft evasion.

Trump and Ali had a complicated relationship before Ali died 2016.

"We have 3,000 names".

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out that conviction four years later, so it's unclear why Trump would offer a pardon to the former heavyweight and Olympic champ. He added, "The pardons are a very positive things for a president".

"We have a world to run", Trump said.

In April, Trump issued a full pardon in April to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

But he said he also wants to pardon or commute sentences for non-celebrities, people like Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, whose sentence he commuted Wednesday a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case in an Oval Office meeting. Johnson spent 21 years in prison on those charges. Ali's family, however, doesn't seem too enthused at the prospect of Donald Trump being the one to bestow the late boxer with this recognition-particularly since there's no reason to do so, seeing as his conviction was overturned.

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