Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul

Lord Conrad Black during the Canadian Global Affairs Institute media roundtable

Lord Conrad Black during the Canadian Global Affairs Institute media roundtable

President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump.

The former media mogul, a Canadian-born British citizen, was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3-1/2 years in prison.

"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character" the White House said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Black "has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought".

Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an worldwide newspaper empire that included the National Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post.

The office of the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, declined to comment.

He was found guilty in the United States in 2007 of scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc, where he was the chief executive and chairman.

In 2018 he published "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".

Black has remained steadfast in declaring his innocence on all of the US charges and in his belief that he was subjected to unfair prosecution in the United States.

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