On departure to a G7 summit in Canada, Trump said he was mulling almost 3,000 pardons, including a posthumous pardon for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, but not for himself. When asked about potential pardons, Trump said, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali".
He was never imprisoned while his case was under appeal and in 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction.
Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. He told reporters he was considering other "folks that have some sentences that aren't fair". His license to box was suspended in NY the same day, and his title stripped; other boxing commissions followed. On Wednesday, CNN reported that the White House was preparing paperwork for at least 30 new pardons, which included a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother serving a life-sentence in prison for a non-violent drug crime.
Trump is in love with his pardon power, and, on one level, who can blame him?
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and boxer Jack Johnson most recently, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza. Why was the president so willing to pardon, or forgive, an African-American athlete whose legacy includes protesting racism while at the same time condemning modern African-American athletes who are now protesting racism?
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Trump even invited the National Football League players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police mistreatment of black people to offer recommendations for pardons for those who have been treated unfairly.
To be pardoned, you need to have been convicted of a crime.
Trump insisted Friday that he was also interested in clemency for regular people and those without high-profile backers.
"We cried, maybe, on the phone for like three minutes straight", said an emotional Kardashian.
"The pardons are very positive things for a president", Trump said.
Trump has also said he is mulling pardons for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, and Rod Blagojevich, a former IL governor convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes for political appointments, including former president Barack Obama's vacant US Senate seat. "I aint got no quarrel with them Viet Cong", the boxer told reporters at the time.