Donald Trump says he may pardon late boxing legend Muhammad Ali

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering pardoning some 3,000 people, including the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction for refusing to join the US military during the Vietnam War was later vacated by the US Supreme Court. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown.

It's worth noting that the conviction Ali would be pardoned for, evading the draft during the Vietnam War, was already overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The discussion reportedly came up on Friday as Trump spoke with reporters at the White House prior to his trip to Canada for the G-7 summit.

"He was, look, he was not very popular then, certainly his memory is popular now", Trump said.

Trump said that he wasn't thinking about pardoning either man, as neither has yet been convicted of a crime.

Jackson had been convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 when it was ruled that he took a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes". He died in 2016. "We're looking at them", Trump said.

The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.

Trump in recent weeks has used his unilateral presidential powers to pardon several people, including another boxing legend in Jack Johnson.

In his first use of that power, Trump spared a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of immigration patrols that focused on Latinos. In March, he pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor who served a year in federal prison after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine. Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to ask Trump to consider pardoning Johnson.

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