On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued a complete pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who was convicted of fraud but also happened to write glowing political biographies of President Trump, The Detroit News reports.
Black was once in control of newspapers including London’s The Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2007, he was convicted of fraud and punished with three and a half years behind bars.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders labeled Black’s “contributions to business and to political and historical thought” as “tremendous.”
Coincidentally, Black has, on several occasions, written pieces that portray President Trump as a brilliant intellectual and a remarkable leader. In one blog post following the news of white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, VA in 2017, he called President Trump’s comment that there are “very fine people on both sides” of the neo-Nazi protesters and antifascist counterprotesters “accurate and appropriate.”
“The nihilists and anarchists of both sides want bloody conflict and vandalism, and most of the Democrats and the anti-Trump Republicans and the national media are trying to pin the phenomenon on Trump,” Black wrote in 2017.
A year later, Black published a book called “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.” And, on Wednesday, he penned a Canada National Post column detailing how President Trump gave him news of the pardon.
“He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon,” wrote Black. He called his experiences “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 international media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner.”
Black was convicted of defrauding investors during his leadership of newspaper giant Hollinger International more than a decade ago.