WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, President Trump gave a full apology to Conrad M. Black, former press friend and former club found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.
The plea of Mr. Black, a political ally and Mr. Trump's longtime colleague, was the most recent example of the President taking advantage of one of the unilateral powers of his office to dismiss a high-profile public figure whose case coincided He is personally in resonance, defying the more traditional practice of sifting through thousands of pardon requests awaiting his review.
Last year, President Dinesh pardoned D & # 39; Souza, the conservative commentator who had been convicted for campaign campaign violations.
His pardon from Mr. Black, a personal friend and the author of Pro Trump Opinions and a flattering book, "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other", is his first since the publication of the report of the Special Counsel, who has not made any conclusion about whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice. It comes when Mr. Trump continues to speak publicly about being the target of what he sees as an unjust "witch hunt".
Mr. Black, who was born in Canada and is also known as Lord Black of Crossharbour, was charged with cheating his company Hollinger International for $ 60 million. He was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and released after more than two years in prison. After a federal judge ruled that Mr. Black did not have enough time, he returned for about a year.
In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that the Supreme Court "widely disagreed" with prosecutors who put Mr. Black in jail and "canceled almost all charges in the case." They added, "He still spent 3.5 years in prison."
wife. Sanders described Mr. Black, who once belonged to The Chicago Sun-Times, The Jerusalem Post, and The Daily Telegraph in London, as an "entrepreneur and scholar," who has made "tremendous contributions to the economy as well as political and political issues more historical Thought. "She also cited support for Mr. Black from Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State, Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host and frequent golfing partner to the President, and musician Elton John.
Mr. Black, an oversized character In the spirit of the President, he has a long history with him, and during the trial of Mr. Black in 2007, Mr. Trump was supposed to be a witness in defense of Mr. Black, who was expected to fly to and testify in Chicago That's a lavish $ 62,000 surprise party that Mr. Black held for his wife at New York's La Grenouille restaurant – of which he's the biggest part he was a business, not a social event
He was expected to negotiate a potential joint venture with Mr. Black's firm to turn The Sun-Times headquarters into a hotel and residential tower ,
But Mr. Black's defenders opted for the last minute not to let Mr. Trump testify.
One day before his pardon was announced, Mr. Black published an opinion article in the National Review titled "Smooth Sailing Ahead for Trump." Mr. Trump was "the only serious businessman to hold office," Mr. Black wrote, claiming that Mr. Trump "would have a stronger argument for re-election next year than any president since Richard Nixon in 1972," Essay explained That when the president called him last week, he thought it was a joke.
mr. Black wrote that Mr. Trump addressed him as "the great Lord Black" and said that he apologized for "wiping out the bad wrapping you got." He said that Mr. Trump and the White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, in the room with the President, could publicly state that the pardon was granted because Mr Trump considered his judgment unjust.
"We have known each other for a long time," said Mr. Trump Mr. Schwarz. "But that was not the reason, nor did they say and write anything supportive about me."