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Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

On Friday, ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, Trump told reporters that he's considering pardoning thousands of people, signaling that the next on his list may be deceased boxer Muhammad Ali.

What he's saying: "The power to pardon is a beautiful thing .... We are looking at a list of 3,000 names," said Trump. "... If we find those people have been unfairly treated, we'll let them out." He added that he gets a "bigger thrill" by pardoning people who aren't famous, like Alice Johnson, and thanks Kim Kardashian West for bringing her to his attention. Go deeper: Lock her up and let him out... Trump’s approach to justice

Shortly after, Muhammad Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, released a statement responding to Trump's remarks:

“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971. There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.”

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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