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Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black

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Published on May 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black

President Trump has granted clemency to Conrad Black.

The former media mogul was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007, but is also a writer and avid supporter of the man in the Oval Office.

Lauren Antony reports

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Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black.

Convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice, he spent 3 and a half years in jail.

More recently Black, who has called Trump a friend, published a book last year praising him titled "Donald J.

Trump: A President Like No Other." A 74-year-old Canadian-born British citizen, Black once ran an international newspaper empire which included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain's Daily Telegraph, and the Jerusalem Post.

In a statement, the White House said Black had made "tremendous contributions to business" and claimed he had written books on history - and served as a tutor during his jail sentence.

Black says President Trump branded his conviction "unjust" in a telephone call and had said he, quote, "should never have been charged." Black was found guilty in the United States of scheming to siphon millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by a media giant where he was chief executive and chairman.

Two of his three fraud convictions were later voided and his sentence was shortened.

He was released from a Florida prison in 2012 and deported from the United States.

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