President considers Ali pardon; late boxer's lawyer says no need

  • President considers Ali pardon; late boxer's lawyer says no need

President considers Ali pardon; late boxer's lawyer says no need

Trump said he was "looking at literally thousands of names".

Last month, Trump posthumously granted clemency another boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion who was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

Ali was sentenced to five years in prison in 1967 for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, but he did not serve any prison time after winning an appeal.

Ali's pardon would be for a draft-evasion conviction, that results from his refusal to enter the military during the Vietnam War.

However his conviction was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and a blanket pardon was given to all draft dodgers by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

Trump in recent weeks has reveled in his power to pardon. "I'm thinking about some folks that have sentences that aren't fair, but I am thinking about Muhammad Ali", Trump said.

Ali's attorney was quick to thank the president but added that a pardon is "unnecessary". However, Tweel was polite when he informed Trump that he appreciated the thought but a pardon is "unnecessary". The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971. Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a meeting with in Canada with US allies that his team was "looking at literally thousands of names" of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences are too long. But the pardons are a very positive thing for a president.

Although Trump's statement about being treated unfairly was true, his willingness to pardon something that isn't there is not. Reality star Kim Kardashian petitioned the president for her release and was successful. "I have an absolute right to pardon myself", he said, but doesn't need to do that because he did nothing wrong. "We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda", Ali said. When he died, Mr Trump called him "a truly great champion and a wonderful guy" Ali famously declared he "ain't got nothing against no Viet Cong" after he was reclassified as eligible for service. Throwing out ideas for who he could pardon next, Trump at first teased reporters, saying he was thinking about pardoning somebody that people knew about and who was not popular at one time.