President Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

Addressing questions from reporters before departing from for the G7 summit in Canada, Trump expressed that he was considering pardoning many other people including the boxing legend and activist Ali.

Ali, who died in 2016, was convicted of draft evasion in 1967 and sentenced to five years in prison, but the conviction was overturned on appeal by the US Supreme Court in 1971. Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor and in 1977 then President Jimmy Carter granted a blanket pardon to all draft evaders.

Muhammad Ali's ex-wife says Donald Trump is wasting his time if he's considering pardoning the legendary boxer. telling TMZ Sports he should focus his energy on the LIVING!

Trump has also said he is mulling pardons for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, and Rod Blagojevich, a former IL governor convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes for political appointments, including former president Barack Obama's vacant US Senate seat.

Trump has already granted clemency to a number people, and told reporters on Friday that "there will be more pardons".

Mr Trump said that "instead of talk", he is going to ask protesting players to suggest "people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system".

And for such future grants of presidential power, Trump said he may seek the recommendations of pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.


"I was very focused".

"This was quite a surprise to everybody this morning when we heard about it", he said Friday during a phone interview. Ali regained his world heavyweight title in 1974.

Last week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

Trump made the freaky offer regarding the iconic boxer - who died in 2016 - Friday - only to be shot down by Ali's estate soon afterwards. Trump revealed in April that he was considering a full pardon after hearing about it from actor Sylvester Stallone.

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned.

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 want to do people who are unfairly treated like an Alice".

When she met with Trump, Kardashian said she was laser-focused to get her point across about Johnson.

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