Trump pardons author of flattering Trump biography

Conrad Black has been granted a full pardon by U.S. President Donald Trump

Former media mogul Conrad Black said the American justice system is "frequently and largely evil" after being granted a pardon from United States president Donald Trump.

In 2007 Black was convicted of defrauding Hollinger International shareholders of $6.1m (£4.7m), by paying himself a tax-free bonus from the sale of newspaper assets without the approval of the company's board.

A jury found Lord Black illegally received 3.5 million dollars (£1.75 million) as they convicted him of three counts of fraud and one of obstruction at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois.

It also said that many high-profile individuals had "vigorously vouched for his exceptional character", including Elton John and former USA secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who served on the board of Hollinger International.

In a release Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black "has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought".

Black, whose media company owned the Chicago Sun Times, at one time partnered with Trump to build Trump Tower in Chicago, but Trump later bought him out.

Black, who has called Trump a friend, published a book a year ago praising him, titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other".

In 2015, when Trump was running to be the Republican nominee for president, Black wrote a piece for The National Review calling Trump "the good guy" in the race.

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

"'Two seconds later probably the best-known voice in the world said 'Is that the great Lord Black?' I said 'Mr".

Black - who gave up his Canadian citizenship when he became a member of Britain's House of Lords - was deported from the United States in 2012 after being released from a Florida prison.

Montreal-born Black renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 after a spat with then prime minister Jean Chretien, who protested the media owner's peerage to Britain's House of Lords.

Writing in Canada's National Post on Thursday, Lord Black spoke of the phone call in which Mr Trump gave him the news.

"My long ordeal with the USA 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.

"He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point: he was granting me a full pardon", wrote Black, who used much of the rest of the column to explain the case. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me".

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