Trump issues pardons to conservative advocate, former publisher

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2019

Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for the former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent three and a half years in prison. Hollinger was the publisher of a number of papers throughout the world, including The Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times and The Jerusalem Post, as well as hundreds of smaller community newspapers, according to Deadline. Black spent more than three years in prison, getting out in 2012, and was then deported to Canada and barred from entering the US for 30 years.

Black renounced his Canadian citizenship when he became a British peer in 2001 but moved back to Canada following his release from a Florida prison.

It said Mr Black had made "tremendous contributions to business", had written books on history and served as a tutor while in prison.

Lord Black, who has called Mr Trump a friend, published a book past year praising him, titled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other.


Two of the criminal fraud charges were dropped on appeal.

At least one observer speculated more than a year ago that Black's consistent praise of Trump might have been the work of someone angling for a pardon.

Lord Black wrote that Mr Trump told him he was granting clemency because his conviction was an "unjust verdict".

He continues to write columns for the National Post.


"My long ordeal with the USA justice system was never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges", Black wrote.

"The Supreme Court of the United States, however, largely disagreed and overturned nearly all charges in his case", the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon. In a statement, the White House suggested Black's 2007 conviction for fraud and obstruction of justice, tied to an alleged scheme to swindle millions from investors, was overly harsh. She notes that Black is the author of biographies on presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, though she does not mention the Trump biography. He spent more than three years in prison. But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got.

In 2017, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff convicted of violating a court order to halt traffic patrols that targeted suspected unauthorised immigrants.


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