Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump pardons disgraced media mogul Conrad Black

Donald Trump pardons disgraced media mogul Conrad Black

On Wednesday, the president issued a full pardon to Conrad Black, his billionaire friend and author of the 2018 book Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.

His legal battles began in 2004 when he was accused of siphoning off tens of millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger International, his holding company. 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.

In its statement, the White House offered a list of household names who have vouched for Black's character, including Henry Kissinger, Elton John and Rush Limbaugh. 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.

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.

Other pardons have included Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Vice-President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of lying about leaks to the media, and Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champ, convicted in 1913 of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.

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. At the fractious meeting, Trump told the assembled investors: "I fully support the company and its management, and in particular I have great respect for Conrad Black". These include comprehensive biographies of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon, a complete history of Canada, and an impressive essay evaluating how the world would have been different had Japan not attacked Pearl Harbor.

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When the bus stopped to let people off, Bishop and the victim, 74-year-old Serge Fournier, began to argue, according to KSNV . Bishop has been convicted twice of misdemeanor domestic battery charges in 2014 and 2015, according to court records .

Black also said he and President Trump bemoaned the "antics" of American prosecutors both men have come into contact with, including special counsel Robert Mueller. As part of his penalty, he was banned from the United States for 30 years.

The office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to comment.

"He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon that would "Expunge the bad wrap you got".

He wrote a column Thursday in Canada's National Post describing how Trump called him and revealed the pardon.

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.

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