Should Trump decide to issue a pardon to Ali, it wouldn't make much a difference in terms of Ali's record as former President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket pardon to draft evaders who requested a pardon.
The president, while speaking to newsmen before he departed for a Group of Seven summit in Canada, also said he would reach out to National Football League players who had been urging criminal justice reforms for their recommendations of people who had been treated unfairly. Of the 3,000 names, many of those names really have been treated unfairly.
President Trump said Friday that he's thinking about pardoning deceased boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali. "He certainly, his memory is very popular now".
Trump told reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., he's looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency. "The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971".
Ali's attorney Ron Tweel said in a statement Friday morning that Trump's pardon wasn't needed, due to the Supreme Court's reversal of Ali's conviction. "I'm thinking about that very seriously and some others", he said. Those under consideration include "folks that have sentences that aren't very fair", Trump said. The conviction came with a five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine.
President Trump's reported obsession with his pardoning power shows no sign of letting up. I thought Alice yesterday was attractive.
Trump has also floated a possible pardon for TV personality Martha Stewart and potentially commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011.