Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Friday for a meeting with in Canada with US allies that he's looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency.
However, when Trump was asked by a reporter if he is thinking about pardoning OJ Simpson he said, "No, I'm not thinking about pardoning OJ", according to The Oakland Press. He regained the boxing title in 1974. Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend.
Ali died in June 2016 at age 74. Wrongful convictions have been erased with presidential pardons, but there is technically no longer a conviction on Ali's record.
The president said the athletes have "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and that he wants their input on his use of this executive power. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. "I have an absolute right to pardon myself", he said, but doesn't need to do that because he did nothing wrong. On Wednesday, CNN reported that the White House was preparing paperwork for at least 30 new pardons, which included a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother serving a life-sentence in prison for a non-violent drug crime. "Many of those names have been treated unfairly". "The power to pardon is a lovely thing".
It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned.
Last week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.