President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammad Ali, who was convicted in the 1960s after refusing military service in Vietnam. He then floated Ali's name, despite the fact that the late boxer's conviction for draft evasion was overturned almost 50 years ago.
Trump said that he wasn't thinking about pardoning either man, as neither has yet been convicted of a crime.
In response to one reporter's question, Trump also confirmed that one name not on his list for potential pardons was O.J. Simpson, the former football star who was released on parole last year after serving nine years in prison.
"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", Tweel said. There's a slight problem with pardoning Ali though: His conviction was already thrown out. However, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in 1971, ending his legal battle.
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The U.S., he said, remains committed to ensuring free and open transit in the region. Mattis also touched on Taiwan, a longstanding dispute between the USA and China.
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He said, "Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?"
Earlier this week, he also commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.
Trump has also floated a possible pardon for TV personality Martha Stewart and potentially commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011.