Muhammad Ali: President Trump mulls draft dodging pardon

Trump may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

Donald Trump Says He May Pardon Deceased Muhammad Ali for Vietnam Draft Refusal

President Trump said Friday that he's thinking about pardoning deceased boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali.

President Trump's reported obsession with his pardoning power shows no sign of letting up.

Trump floated an appeal for Ali on Friday morning when asked by reporters whether he was considering pardoning former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime attorney Michael Cohen. As a result, he was stripped of his heavyweight title, charged with draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison.

In May, Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, after being urged to do so by "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone.

Ali cited his religious beliefs as the reason behind his decision to not take part in the draft for the Vietnam War.

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Per Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News, Trump said, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali" when discussing potential pardons. Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, reversing his conviction on a technicality.

Mr Trump's comments follow his pardon of conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza.

He told reporters in Washington he was looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency. Just this week, he commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 65-year-old woman who had been serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

"There will be more pardons", Trump said.

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