Trump Considers Unnecessary Pardon For Muhammad Ali

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Louisville legend is being considered for a presidential pardon he doesn't even need.

President Trump told reporters at the White House as he was leaving for the G-7 Summit in Canada that he's "very seriously" thinking about granting a pardon to Muhammad Ali.

Ali was charged with draft evasion when he refused to enter the Army during the Vietnam War, a move that resulted in the loss of his heavyweight title and was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court's action along with a 1977 blanket pardon for draft dodgers from President Jimmy Carter eliminated the need for further action.]

Ali's attorney Ron Tweel issued a statement saying the president's gesture was appreciated but unnecessary as there "is no conviction from which a pardon is needed."

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