Muhammad Ali's lawyer responds to President Trump's pardon offer

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

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.

Ali, who was known as Cassius Clay before converting to Islam, was sentenced to five years in jail and fined $10,000 for refusing to enter the USA military when he was drafted during the Vietnam War.

Muhammad Ali's family have said that they don't want Donald Trump to posthumously pardon him for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.

"There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed", Tweel said in a statement sent to USA media.

President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters that he has every intention of using his pardoning power to its fullest extent, suggesting again that he has the power to pardon himself - "But I'll never have to do it".

Trump commented today that he was looking at a list of 3,000 names of citizens who he wanted to pardon because apparently pardoning people is his new power play. "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others", Trump was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.

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

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"We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response", he said. "And if I find and my committee finds that they're unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out".

Ali eventually became licensed again, however, and he went on to have a storied boxing career that lasted until 1981.

Though he was convicted of evading the draft during the Vietnam War in 1967, the Supreme Court overturned that decision in 1971.

"The power to pardon is a lovely thing", Trump told reporters on Friday (Saturday NZT).

Trump did not elaborate on why he might pardon for Ali. The similarities between Ali and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the controversial protests against racism and police violence by kneeling during the national anthem, have been noted by those who have studied two men. "The power to pardon is a lovely thing".

But there are limits to who Trump will consider and at least one one person Trump most certainly is not thinking about pardoning. "They've seen a lot of abuse and they've seen a lot of unfairness", he said.

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