Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump says he may pardon Muhammad Ali for draft evasion

President Donald Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali, who was convicted in 1967 for draft evasion.

Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, responded to the President's gesture in a statement Friday.

Trump said he was considering a number of other pardons too and said that the pardoning power was "a lovely thing" for presidents.

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"There will be more pardons", Trump said. I thought Alice yesterday was attractive. "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali, I'm thinking about that very seriously".

"I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me - because that's what their protesting", Trump said.

Ali was sentenced to five years in prison but he appealed and in 1971 the supreme court overturned his conviction, finding that the justice department improperly told the draft board Ali's stance was not motivated by his religious beliefs as a Muslim. "And some others and some folks whose have sentences that aren't fair". After his conviction, he was also stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown.

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Trump has reportedly become increasingly "obsessed" with pardons and enjoys talking about potential pardons with aides, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Last week, the president said he was considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In May, Trump also posthumously pardoned former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.

Trump later told reporters that he wants to try to amend his feud with athletes who kneel during the National Anthem by meeting them half-way.

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