Trump May Pardon Muhammad Ali For Resisting The Vietnam Draft

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking Liston down during their heavyweight championship bout in Lewiston Maine

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking Liston down during their heavyweight championship bout in Lewiston Maine

"He was, look, he was not very popular then, certainly his memory is popular now". "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others". "And some folks that have sentences that aren't fair".

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

The family's rep Ron Tweel said: 'We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary. The unanimous decision overturned Ali's 1967 conviction, meaning his application for conscientious objector status should have been granted and he was not a draft dodger.

In April, Trump issued a full pardon in April to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

"OJ?" asked a reporter, referring to football star OJ Simpson, who was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery years after being found not guilty in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25.

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

Trump has been keen to exercise his power to pardon or commute sentences in recent weeks.

"I'm thinking about somebody that you all know very well".


The former Cassius Clay died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to septic shock brought on by a respiratory illness.

President Donald Trump's widely-mocked trial balloon of pardoning Muhammad Ali gave the legendary boxer's former wife the opportunity to suggest a better course for the commander-in-chief.

Most recently, he granted clemency to a 63-year-old grandmother who had already served more than 20 years for a first-time, non-violent drugs charge. He said he wants the athletes to tell him who they think has been treated unfairly by the justice system and he would consider pardoning them.

Ali is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.

It's unclear what exactly Trump intends to pardon, given that Ali's draft-dodging conviction was overturned in 1971 when the champion fighter took the case to the Supreme Court.

Hopefully, Donald Trump gets to read the above statement at some point today, and realizes that his considerations aren't automatically revered and appreciated-or rather, at all necessary.

"I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others". He faced a five-year prison sentence, but was allowed to remain free while appealing the decision.

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