Colin Kaepernick's Legal Team Will Send Subpoena To Donald Trump

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Trump said the protests, thus far, have been all "talk", but he wants players to recommend people he should pardon that have been treated unfairly by the justice system.

"What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular, but in sports leagues".

"If the athletes have friends of theirs or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know."

Trump also floated the idea of pardoning the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was convicted for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, away from the White House, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continued to make headlines for a growing list of scandals.

The deposition list is part of a grievance case filed by Kaepernick against the NFL which claims that the NFL blacklisted him after he spearheaded the National Anthem protests that have sparked controversy around the nation. Pence attended the game briefly and then ensured the cameras were on him as he left the stadium when players knelt during the national anthem.

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According to Yahoo, Kaepernick's lawyers hope to force the Trump administration to divulge its involvement in the league's response to players kneeling during the national anthem.

Back in 2016, Kaepernick sparked a national debate on race and social justice when began kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality across the country.

Still 51% of voters did, however, side with the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand on the field during the national anthem or take up the option of staying in the locker room. "Owners have described the Trump administration as causing paradigm shifts in their views toward National Football League players". Earlier this week he disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the customary White House visit.

Trump also said that while he had the "absolute power" to pardon himself in connection with the special counsel's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign, no crime had occurred.

Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer's estate and his widow, Lonnie, said: 'We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary'.

It will be interesting to see how the players react to Trump's proposal. This week he commuted the sentence of a 63-year old African-American woman, Alice Marie Johnson, serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense.