In 2018 he published Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other, a flattering political biography of the president. The second grouping has subtitles like How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, and The Fight to Save President Trump. Evidently after checking with White House counsel, Trump told Black that he was granting the pardon to reverse an injust verdict.
Lord Black, 74, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an worldwide newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post.
In 2007, Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one of obstruction of justice in a Chicago court and sentenced to six and a half years in jail - more than twice the sentence handed to David Radler, his longtime partner who agreed to testify for the prosecution. He was deported to Canada upon release in 2012, and barred from returning to the USA for 30 years.
Black said in the article that he had not spoken to Trump since the President had taken office and that when his assistant put a call through from the White House, he first thought it was a prank.More news: Teen suspects in Colorado school shooting formally charged; case sealed
He wrote a column Thursday in Canada's National Post describing how Trump called him and revealed the pardon.
"Lord Black's case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character".
"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.
Black, the other recipient of a pardon Wednesday evening, is a former news publisher who was convicted on four counts of fraud in 2007.More news: USA suspends flights to and from Venezuela
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. But it was Trump on the line, apparently telling Black that the full pardon would "expunge the bad wrap" he got.
Their business dealings had intersected on a real estate transaction in Chicago when one of Black's companies, Hollinger International, sold the building that had housed the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper to Trump for a land-development deal.
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