Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Donald Trump says he may pardon late boxing legend Muhammad Ali

President Donald Trump said Friday he was thinking "very seriously" about pardoning the late boxing champion Muhammed Ali, who refused to be inducted into the army during the Vietnam War and whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.

Mr Trump also recently said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself in the Russian Federation inquiry, although he insists he has done nothing wrong.

Trump floated the possibility while speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for the Group of Seven summit. "There is no conviction for which a pardon is needed".

Ali is one name on this list. I thought Alice yesterday was handsome.

That revelation comes just days after Trump pardoned another former boxer, Jack Johnson who was convicted of violating a law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes, according to the Associated Press. Those under consideration include "folks that have sentences that aren't very fair", Trump said.

Trump tells reporters he's looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency.

The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.

Trump has reportedly become increasingly "obsessed" with pardons and enjoys talking about potential pardons with aides, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. He then floated Ali's name, despite the fact that the late boxer's conviction for draft evasion was overturned almost 50 years ago.

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