Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

But there's a little problem with offering to pardon Muhammad Ali: he doesn't actually need a pardon.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels's former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE said on Friday that he may pardon the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali. "I'm thinking about that very seriously".

He said:"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?" Now, it looks like Trump is going on a pardoning spree.

He said football players had "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and he wanted their input on his use of this executive power. "What I'm going to do is I'm going to say to them, instead of talk, it's all talk talk talk, we have a great country you should stand for your National Anthem, you shouldn't go in a locker room when our National Anthem is played". Certainly his memory is very popular now.

"The U.S Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971".

He also issued a pardon to Dick Cheney s former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the leak of a Central Intelligence Agency operative s identity. The White House did not immediately comment on the lawyer's statement.

Ali was born Cassius Clay, and changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. The Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1971, concluding that his religious objection to military service was valid.

Ali, who died in 2016, was sentenced to five years in prison.

But he said he also wants to pardon or commute sentences for non-celebrities, people like Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, whose sentence he commuted Wednesday a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case in an Oval Office meeting.

And last month he gave a posthumous pardon to another boxer, Jack Johnson, who was convicted of taking his white girlfriend across state lines in 1913. Johnson was a larger than life character and source of Black pride during that time period as he defeated multiple White boxers in the ring. Trump reportedly has a list of 3,000 names from which he is considering exercising his right to pardon or commute sentences.

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