President Trump has issued another full presidential pardon to media mogul Conrad Black, his friend and former business associate.
Politico reports: “Black, a Canadian-born citizen of Britain, was found guilty of mail fraud and obstruction in 2007 in a ploy to swindle millions of dollars from investors in his media company. Black served more than three years in prison and was legally barred from re-entering the United States, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.”
According to the report, the White House called Black “an entrepreneur and [a] scholar.”
In the statement, the White House added: “Lord Black has made tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought,” the White House said in a statement.”
Trump’s pardon comes on the heels of Black publishing “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other,” a book which praises the president. The media mogul has also praised Trump in several tweets.
From the Washington Examiner:
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “many high-profile individuals” had “vigorously vouched for his exceptional character,” including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, and the late William F. Buckley Jr.
The statement did not mention Black’s 2018 book Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other or that he had written other glowing articles about the president. Trump and Black originally partnered on building Trump Tower in Chicago, but Trump later bought Black’s share.
Black, a colorful figure with a gravelly voice and imposing demeanor, is a conservative but sees himself as a news man. He is known for giving his editors plenty of latitude, and on occasion wrote letters to his own newspapers to disagree with their editorials. Black also wrote biographies of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon, and a 2012 memoir, along with other works.
The Washington Examiner reports Trump called Black on Wednesday to tell him about the pardon:
“When my assistant said there was a call from the White House, I picked up, said ‘Hello’ and started to ask if this was a prank (suspecting my friends in the British tabloid media), but the caller spoke politely over me: ‘Please hold for the president,’” he wrote.
“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.’”
Here’s more from Politico:
Black continues to write positively about Trump, tweeting Wednesday: “The Democrats have, evidently, no idea how to deal with this president, and their moral crusade against him is about to be swamped by the unmasking of the skullduggery [sic] and chicanery of the Clinton and Obama Democrats in 2016.”
Trump‘s presidential pardons have not been without controversy. His first pardon was of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who also been vocally supportive of the president. He also pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza from convictions of campaign contribution fraud, and granted a posthumous pardon to champion boxer Jack Johnson. On Wednesday, Trump also pardoned Patrick Nolan, former Republican leader of the California State Assembly.