Trump Pardons Fraudster Whose Book Praises Him as ‘President Like No Other’

Conrad Black

President Donald Trump issued two pardons on Wednesday, including a former newspaper publisher who authored a book previous year that spoke highly of the American leader.

Lord Black of Crossharbour, former proprietor of the Daily Telegraph and a number of other world newspapers, served more than three years in prison after being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.

Black, a prolific writer and historian in his own right, vehemently maintained his innocence and launched a series of libel lawsuits in Canada to strike back at the detractors he blames for destroying his once vast empire.

Black describes his "ordeal with the US justice system" as "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges", followed with intensity because he was a media owner.

In 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission banned him from acting as a director of a US company and ordered him to pay $4.1 million in restitution.

President Donald Trump used his power of pardon to clear Conrad Black.

It added: "Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who..."

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Lord Black, born in Montreal, Canada, was the former head of Hollinger International, which once owned the Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times, Jerusalem Post and hundreds of community papers in the U.S. and Canada.

He said he initially thought he was being pranked when he was told he had a call from the White House, but he picked and heard Mr Trump ask: "Is that the great Lord Black?" But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got.

Shortly after the pardon was announced, Canada's National Post published an article from Black in which he continued to take issue with his conviction and said he was "at last, officially not guilty even in the conviction-mad United States".

The White House praised Black's history as a businessman and his authorship of books. "In fact, it was because of this work that the president learned of Mr. Nolan's case". Last year, he also authored "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other", in what turned out to be a glowing endorsement of Trump. "Black is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency", the statement read. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me, '" Black wrote.

"'We've known each other a long time, ' the president told me, 'but that wasn't any part of the reason".

President Donald Trump pardoned Black on May 15, 2019.

"I suggested that he knew "better than anyone" the antics of some USA prosecutors".

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