Trump may eye Ali pardon, ask football players for ideas

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali spoke in Chicago in 1966

Associated Press File Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali spoke in Chicago in 1966

"He was not very popular then; his memory is very popular now".

He said:"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?"

Last week, Trump told reporters he is considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about a well-timed stock sale, and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, D, who was convicted in 2010 of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, among other campaign finance violations. "The US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971", he said.

President Donald Trump worked overtime to stay at top of the news cycle this morning, announcing he might pardon Muhammad Ali, revealing details of his wife's surgery, and arguing to return Russian Federation to the G-7 summit.

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

Trump considers pardoning the late boxer... "So this, to our knowledge, came out of the blue, for reasons that I'll let you speculate".

Ali died just over two years ago at the age of 74. Trump had previously met with reality star Kim Kardashian, a champion of Johnson's case, to discuss the pardon.

The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali. He regained the boxing title in 1974 in the classic "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in the former Zaire against George Foreman. He was convicted of violating the Selective Service Act for refusing to register for the draft in 1967.

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He told reporters outside the White House Friday, that he is considering granting clemency to at least 3,000 more people - including Ali. However, Tweel was polite when he informed Trump that he appreciated the thought but a pardon is "unnecessary".

The 63-year old grandmother had already served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.

In April, he 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.

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