Donald Trump pardons his own biographer Conrad Black

Lord Conrad Black during the Canadian Global Affairs Institute media roundtable

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

In addition to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post, and Canada's National Post were also part of Black's media empire.

Black, 74, was convicted of fraud and obstructing justice in 2007 and jailed for more than three years in the US.

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

A statement from the White House on Wednesday said Black has made "tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought".

Past year he published a book entitled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other.

"The Supreme Court of the United States, however, largely disagreed and overturned nearly all charges in his case", the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon.

He called it 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, all fanned by an unusually frenzied global media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner".

After his conviction, Black was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

In 2017, he pardoned ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt, after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. It named Sir Elton John and former USA secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, as among his supporters.

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.

Critics have accused Mr Trump of using his powers of pardon to address what he believes are political wrongs.

The pair have previously described each other as friends, with Mr Trump calling Lord Black "one of the truly great intellects and my friend" and said he "won't forget" after the publication of an article in the National Enquirer - titled Trump Is The Good Guy - about his campaign. Evidently after checking with White House counsel, Trump told Black that he was granting the pardon to reverse an injust verdict. "Nor has any of the supportive things you've said and written about me".

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