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14:36, 08 June 2018

Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

President Trump said Friday that he&rsquos thinking about pardoning the late boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali.

Trump told reporters ahead of his departure to the G-7 summit in Canada that he was considering &quotvery seriously&quot about pardoning Ali.

&quotHe wasn’t really common then, he surely is, his memory is very popular now,&quot he mentioned. &quotI’m considering about Muhammad Ali, I’m considering about that quite seriously.&quot

Ali was convicted in 1967 of draft evasion after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and stripped of his heavyweight crown. The Supreme Court, nevertheless, would overturn his conviction in 1971. He regained the boxing title in 1974. Ali died in 2016.&nbsp

A Trump pardon for Ali would likely represent a formality, but the president mentioned Friday that he is contemplating as a lot of as three,000 pardons and that the pardoning power is &quota stunning point.&quot&nbsp

President Trump says he is thinking about a pardon for Muhammad Ali.


Earlier this week, Trump commuted the sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a initial-time nonviolent drug offense, following a higher-profile campaign for clemency by reality tv star Kim Kardashian West.

Final week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. He also floated potentially commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning Martha Stewart.&nbsp

In May possibly, Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, following getting urged to do so by &quotRocky&quot star Sylvester Stallone. Johnson had been convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport a woman across state lines for &ldquoimmoral&rdquo purposes.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Ryan Gaydos and The Connected Press contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for He can be reached right here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

Published at Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:37:00 +0000

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