President Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison. An appeals court reversed two convictions, but left two others in place. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black "has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought," the AP reports. In 2018, Black published Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. He wrote a column Wednesday in Canada's National Post describing how Trump called him and revealed the pardon.
"He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon," wrote Black, calling his case a long ordeal that was "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges." The former media mogul was sentenced to more than six years in prison after his 2007 conviction in Chicago for defrauding investors, but was released on bail two years later to pursue an appeal that was partially successful. A judge reduced his sentence to three years. Trump on Wednesday also pardoned Patrick Nolan, a former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Nolan has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform since he spent more than two years in federal prison during the 1990s. (Read more Conrad Black stories.)