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Before departing for the G7 summit in Canada today, Mr Trump told reporters: "We have 3,000 names". President Donald Trump said he is thinking "very seriously" about pardoning Muhammad Ali.

Ron Tweel, an attorney for Ali, pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in 1971.

The iconic sportsman - who died in 2016 at the age of 74 - was convicted of refusing to turn up for military duty in 1967 after being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.

The Supreme Court unanimously overturned his violation conviction in a unanimous ruling on June 28, 1971, and after anti-war sentiment grew, a judge ruled in 1970 that Ali could box professionally again.

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. "I have an absolute right to pardon myself", he said, but doesn't need to do that because he did nothing wrong. "And if I find and my committee finds that they're unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out". Johnson, a first-time non-violent drug offender, was released a week after Kim Kardashian pleaded her case with Trump.

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He said football players had "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and he wanted their input on his use of this executive power. The similarities between Ali and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the controversial protests against racism and police violence by kneeling during the national anthem, have been noted by those who have studied two men. His license to box was suspended in NY the same day, and his title stripped; other boxing commissions followed.

Trump in recent weeks has used his unilateral presidential powers to pardon several people, including another boxing legend in Jack Johnson. The White House did not immediately comment on the lawyer's statement. Last week, the president said he was considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Ali's lawyer responded to Trump's consideration of posthumously pardoning him by saying it was "unnecessary".

The 63-year old grandmother had already served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.

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