Trump Says He May Pardon Boxing’s "Greatest" Muhammad Ali


Trump Says He May Pardon Boxing’s

It's unclear exactly what Trump would be pardoning Muhammad Ali for considering that the boxer's 1967 conviction for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War was eventually overturned.

When Ali appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court for the final time in 1971, liberal stalwart Justice William Brennan convinced his colleagues to hear the case.

Trump also granted a commutation this week to 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, releasing from prison a great-grandmother who was serving a life sentence for drug trafficking. "I thought it was another deal where politicians got us into a war where we shouldn't have been in. I'm thinking about that very seriously and some others", the president said.

Ali died in 2016 after battling Parkinson's disease for over three decades.

Johnson's pardon followed a lobbying effort by reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who met with Trump at the White House late last month.

It's safe to say that President Trump is throwing a pardon party.

Trump even invited the National Football League players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police mistreatment of black people to offer recommendations for pardons for those who have been treated unfairly. Now, it looks like Trump is going on a pardoning spree.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971.

Trump has reportedly become increasingly "obsessed" with pardons and enjoys talking about potential pardons with aides, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Trump has also floated a possible pardon for TV personality Martha Stewart and potentially commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011.

"I'm thinking about somebody that you all know very well".

"We are looking at literally thousands of names of people that have come to our attention that have been treated unfairly or where their sentence is far too long", he said.

He also issued a pardon to Dick Cheney s former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the leak of a Central Intelligence Agency operative s identity.

Ali was an Olympic gold medalist in 1970 and the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964, standing tall as an American icon.

"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.

Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, thanked the president, but noted that a pardon was not necessary.



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