Trump says he may pardon Muhammad Ali for draft evasion

Trump says he may pardon Muhammad Ali for draft evasion

Trump says he may pardon Muhammad Ali for draft evasion

President Donald trump told reporter Friday that he is considering "thousands of names" of people who were may pardon and among those are boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. But in 1971, the Supreme Court overturned his conviction and President Jimmy Carter pardoned all those accused of draft evasion during the Vietnam War in 1977. "This is a group of 3,000 we have assembled", the president told reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Canada. "I'm thinking about that very seriously and some others", he said. He regained the boxing title in 1974.

Trump said that he wasn't thinking about pardoning either man, as neither has yet been convicted of a crime.

Ali died in June 2016 at age 74. "We're looking at them", Trump said.

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a handsome thing".

For Trump, Kardashian's support of Johnson was key, given the President's penchant for considering the pardoning of celebrities like Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, also a former TV personality.

In his first use of that power, Trump spared a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of immigration patrols that focused on Latinos.

It's unclear whom exactly Trump was referring to, but his commutation of 63-year-old Alice Johnson on Wednesday prompted speculation that Trump could commute the sentences of similar offenders convicted of non-violent drug offenses, who were given lengthy prison terms under harsh drug sentencing popularized during the 1980s and 90s. In March, he pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor who served a year in federal prison after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.

"There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed", he added.

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

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