President Donald Trump considers pardon for Muhammad Ali

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The latest potential recipient of his largesse is the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, Trump said Friday. Wrongful convictions have been erased with presidential pardons, but there is technically no longer a conviction on Ali's record. But in 1971, the Supreme Court overturned his conviction and President Jimmy Carter pardoned all those accused of draft evasion during the Vietnam War in 1977.

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 to enter the military during the Vietnam war and his local draft board rejected his application for classification as a conscientious objector.

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. Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend. "And he wasn't very popular then", Trump said. "I'm thinking about Muhammed Ali", Trump told reporters on the south lawn of the White House.

Ali regained the boxing title in 1974.

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Ali died just over two years ago at the age of 74.

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a lovely thing".

Trump said he was not considering pardoning O.J. Simpson. The conviction came with a five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine.

For Trump, Kardashian's support of Johnson was key, given the President's penchant for considering the pardoning of celebrities like Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, also a former TV personality. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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