WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JUNE 8, 2018) (RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday (June 8) he is considering pardoning some 3,000 people “who may have been treated unfairly,” including late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
Trump was speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on a wide range of topics before he departed for a Group of Seven summit in Canada, where other G7 leaders are set to clash with him over trade.
He also said he will reach out to National Football League players who have been urging criminal justice reforms for their recommendations of people who have been treated unfairly.
Trump added that Russia, which was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, should also be attending the G7 summit.
The president was asked if an upcoming report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internal watchdog into the agency’s handling of an inquiry into the management of emails by former U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will be his “birthday present” since its June 14 release falls on his birthday.
The Inspector General’s report will conclude an examination into former FBI Director James Comey’s statements in August 2016 that no charges would be brought against Clinton and his subsequent announcement days before the election that the FBI was re-opening its investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.