Conrad Black: Donald Trump pardons former media mogul who was convicted of fraud

The former Telegraph owner describes the phone call in which Donald Trump gave him the news and reveals he thought it was a prank. sky news
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US President Donald Trump has pardoned former media mogul Conrad Black, who served more than three years in prison after being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.

The 74-year-old Canadian-born British citizen once ran an international newspaper empire that included The Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black had made “tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought”, adding that high-profile individuals – including Henry Kissinger, Elton John and Rush Limbaugh – had “vigorously vouched for his exceptional character”.
Black said he initially thought the call from Donald Trump was a prank. File pic

Mr Trump called Black to inform him of the pardon last week, with the president saying it would “expunge the bad wrap you got”.

The pair have previously described each other as friends, with Mr Trump calling Black “one of the truly great intellects and my friend”, after Black wrote an article in the National Enquirer titled “Trump Is The Good Guy” about his election campaign.

In response to the December 2015 tweet, Black wrote: “Many thanks, Donald and all good wishes in helping to clean up the American government. Honored to be your friend.”

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