Muhammad Ali's Attorney Says Trump Pardoning The Boxer Would Be 'Unnecessary'

Muhammad Ali's Attorney Says Trump Pardoning The Boxer Would Be 'Unnecessary'

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".

Ali - who changed his name from Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam in 1964 - said his refusal to be drafted in 1966 was based on his religious beliefs and his opposition to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion and lost his heavyweight champion title in 1967.

The case made its way up to the Supreme Court, which ruled in Ali's favor in an 8-0 vote on June 29, 1971. Earlier this week he commuted the sentence of 63-year-old Alice Johnson, who was sentenced to life in prison for drug related crimes in the 1990s, partly as the result of strong lobbying efforts by celebrity Kim Kardashian. They never called me n--r, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father.

"I'm thinking about somebody that you all know very well and he went through a lot".

After a long battle with Parkinson's disease Muhammad Ali died in 2016.

He said Ali's potential pardon is one of several he is considering.

It's even more awkward and confusing than Trump's argument Friday that he's not above the law, but that he most certainly has the power to pardon himself.

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CNN reported on Wednesday that the White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people, according to two sources with knowledge of the developments.

President Donald Trump has a recommendation on his desk for pardoning the late legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali, and he said he's seriously considering it.

"The power to pardon is a lovely thing", Trump told reporters Friday.

Notably, Trump has also said that John McCain, former presidential nominee and senator who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam, was "not a war hero," because,"I like people who weren't captured". "This is a group of 3,000 we have assembled", the president told reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Canada. "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali, I'm thinking about that very seriously".

But does Ali need a posthumous pardon?

Ali's local draft board rejected the boxer's application as a conscientious objector.

Ali's attorney released a statement this morning confirming that a pardon is unnecessary.

"I'm not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over", Ali said, according to one historical account.

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