A former media mogul who was convicted of fraud and obstruction received a full presidential pardon from Donald Trump. The AP reports that Trump pardoned Conrad Black, who has praised Trump in columns and in a political biography.
“Trump had taken notice of Black’s warm words and even previously told him: ‘I won’t forget!,'” the AP reports. “In 2015, when Trump was running for president, Black wrote a National Review essay titled ‘Trump Is the Good Guy’ in which he argued that Trump was being unfairly smeared by the political establishment and media. Trump tweeted it was an ‘honor’ to read the piece, adding, ‘As one of the truly great intellects & my friend, I won’t forget!’”
The report adds: “Black was convicted of defrauding investors and obstruction of justice in 2007 and spent just over three years in prison. An appeals court reversed two convictions but left two others in place.
“Black, whose empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, The Jerusalem Post and small papers across the U.S. and Canada, has described Trump as an old friend.”