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Trump grants full pardon to ex-press baron Conrad Black

Trump grants full pardon to ex-press baron Conrad Black

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

Trump has pardoned seven individuals throughout the first two-and-a half years of his presidency prior to Black and Nolan, according to the Department of Justice.

President Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to former press baron Conrad Black, who spent 3-1/2 years in prison after being convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice. At the time, Hollinger owned a stable of publications including The Telegraph in London, the Chicago Sun-Times, and a chain of Canadian newspapers including the National Post, which he founded.

Black, who has British citizenship and was made a British peer by the Queen in 2001, was convicted of both fraud and obstruction of justice in Chicago 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.

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He called it a long ordeal that was "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges, all fanned by an unusually frenzied worldwide media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner". He had originally been sentenced to 78 months in jail, but had his sentence reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down several of his initial convictions.

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

The White House, justifying the pardon, cited "broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character", naming Henry Kissinger, Rush Limbaugh, the late William F. Buckley Jr., and Elton John. She notes that Black is the author of biographies on presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, though she does not mention the Trump biography. But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got.

Critics have accused Mr Trump of using his powers of pardon to address what he believes are political wrongs.

The pair has known each other for decades and Trump was once in business with Hollinger Inc. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me".