Conrad Black gets presidential pardon

Clay Curtis
May 18, 2019

His net worth appears to have peaked, according to The Sunday Times Rich List, in 2003 at £136 million, around $271 million in today's money.

In 2007, Black was convicted of obstruction of justice and fraud, for illegally pocketing money that should have gone to stockholders.

Black, who was born Canadian - though he holds British citizenship and is a British peer - was deported to Canada after being released in 2012.

President Donald Trump issued a pardon Wednesday evening to Lord Conrad M. Black of Crossharbour and another to former Minority Leader of the California State Assembly, Patrick J. Nolan.

"The idea that I would commit a crime is a nonsense", Mr Black told the BBC. But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got. When the book came out, Black denied speculation that he was angling for a pardon.

The White House statement on the pardon touted Black's "tremendous contributions to business".

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.

"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals, who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character", the White House statement reads. They include former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh, and the late William F. Buckley Jr.

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Two of his three fraud convictions were later scrapped and his sentence shortened. "In fact, it was because of this work that the president learned of Mr. Nolan's case". "Black is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency".

In an essay Wednesday night in National Post, a Canadian newspaper he founded, Black described getting a phone call from the White House he initially thought was a prank.

Black has remained steadfast in declaring his innocence on all of the USA charges and in his belief that he was subjected to unfair prosecution in the United States.

"'We've known each other a long time, ' the president told me, 'but that wasn't any part of the reason. He said that there would be some controversy, "but you can handle that better than anyone".

Black said he does not have a direct line to the USA president.

In this January 13, 2011 photo, Conrad Black arrives at the federal building in Chicago.

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.

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