Trump pardons Conrad Black for 2007 fraud convictions in U.S.

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 16, 2019

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3-1/2 years in prison.

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

"An entrepreneur and scholar, Lord Black has made tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought", the White House said in a statement. 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".

The British peer once ran a media empire that included the UK's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.

"My long ordeal with the USA justice system 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 wrote.

Trial watchers also knew that Trump had spoken up for Black at Hollinger International's annual shareholders meeting in 2003 in NY, where the media mogul was facing down increasingly agitated investors who were upset by large yet opaque management fees paid to Black and a few associates at a Toronto-based parent company. Trump tweeted it was an "honor" to read the piece, adding, "As one of the truly great intellects & my friend, I won't forget!"

Trump, who was by then already a celebrity of sorts, attended the meeting even though he did not own any Hollinger shares, Black's trial heard from the company's former head of investor relations Paul Healy. He was initially sentenced to six and a half years in prison, but that was reduced to 42 months after the other fraud charges were overturned.

It also cites several prominent individuals whom it says "have vigorously vouched for [Black's] exceptional character".

The statement said those supporting Black's pardon include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh and the late William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of the conservative magazine National Review. While incarcerated, he also helped organize religious-study groups and he is "uniformly described as a man of principle and integrity", she said.

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