Trump eyes pardon for late boxing hero Muhammad Ali

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In 1967, Ali was convicted for refusing to report to the US military for the Vietnam War - a decision US Supreme Court overturned four years later.

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", Ali's Attorney Ron Tweel said.

Meg Kinnard from the Associated Press announced via Twitter on Friday morning that President Trump said that he may pardon deceased boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Ali's conviction for evading the draft was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971. Although Trump is reportedly very into pardoning now, especially for celebrities and those with celebrity champions, naming Ali raised eyebrows.

He told reporters outside the White House Friday, that he is considering granting clemency to at least 3,000 more people - including Ali. "I'm thinking about that very seriously".

"I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others".

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about why the president feels one is warranted.

"We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response", he said.

Earlier this week, Trump issued a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a Tennessee grandmother convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. Ali refused because of his religious beliefs, and his heavyweight championship titles and boxing licenses were stripped from him.

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Jackson had been convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 when it was ruled that he took a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes".

Trump considers pardoning the late boxer...

Ali passed away in 2016.

Trump did not elaborate on why he might pardon for Ali.

"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.

Trump has wielded his presidential pardon powers recently in ways that appear meant to dramatize his own complaints of being the victim of a "witch hunt" by USA prosecutors.

The president said the athletes have "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and that he wants their input on his use of this executive power. He faced a five-year prison sentence, but was allowed to remain free while appealing the decision.