Trump pardons Conrad Black for 2007 fraud conviction in U.S.

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2019

Conrad Black, the absentee peer and former press baron who served more than three years in a United States jail, has been pardoned by President Trump.

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

The White House said Trump offered clemency to Patrick Nolan, a former Republican legislator who allied with Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, on prison revisions previous year, and to Lord Conrad M. Black of Crossharbour, a Canadian-born former newspaper publisher who authored a book titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".

The pair has known each other for decades and Trump was once in business with Hollinger Inc. Hollinger International was one of the biggest newspaper publishers in the world, and included such publications as the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Jerusalem Post and the National Post (Canada).

In response to the December 2015 tweet, Lord Black wrote: "Many thanks, Donald and all good wishes in helping to clean up the American government".

Born in Montreal, Black gave up his Canadian citizenship in 2001 after a dispute with then-prime minister Jean Chretien over his nomination to Britain's House of Lords.

Lord Black, 74, was convicted of fraud and obstruction...

According to a lengthy post on Black's website, Trump called Black and told him personally of the pardon.

"He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon", wrote Black, who used much of the rest of the column to explain the case.

He was also found guilty of taking money from the newspapers' profits.

Lord Black was granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction in 2010, with two of the fraud counts against him overturned in October of that year.

In a statement, the White House said: "In 2007, prosecutors alleged that Lord Black had committed several acts of mail fraud and obstruction". He was barred from returning to the United States for 30 years.

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