Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

President Trump considering pardon of boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Trump considering pardon of boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Donald Trump said Friday that he is considering a pardon for late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

He refused to serve in the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs, declaring himself a conscientious objector, and saying, "I ain't got no quarrel with the Viet Cong". His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. The Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971.

Trump floated an appeal for Ali on Friday morning when asked by reporters whether he was considering pardoning former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime attorney Michael Cohen.

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Per Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News, Trump said, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali" when discussing potential pardons.

It has been widely reported that the White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people.

Mr Trump's comments follow his pardon of conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza.

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

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"We have 3000 names. many of those names have been treated unfairly", he said. "No, I'm not thinking about OJ", he told reporters.

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