Trump pardons billionaire pal Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him

Trump pardons billionaire pal Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him

Former media mogul Conrad Black said the American justice system is "frequently and largely evil" after being granted a pardon from U.S. president Donald Trump. He could defend himself against charges of public corruption and risk decades in prison, or he could plead guilty and accept a 33-month sentence.

"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 Wednesday in a statement announcing the pardon.

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

More recently, Black has penned a book about Trump titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".

In 2015, when Trump was running to be the Republican nominee for president, Black wrote a piece for The National Review calling Trump "the good guy" in the race. The White House said Black spent three-and-a-half years in prison.

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.

"'Two seconds later probably the best-known voice in the world said 'Is that the great Lord Black?' I said 'Mr". They include former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, and the late William F. Buckley Jr.

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"My long ordeal with the US justice system was never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges", Black wrote.

Sanders said Black is the author of several notable biographies, including volumes on Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, but she did not mention his book about Trump.

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.

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.

According to a lengthy post on Black's website, Trump called Black and told him personally of the pardon. But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got.

Black also issued an exhaustive 1,698-word statement expressing his gratitude to Trump and others who lobbied on his behalf over the years. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me".

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