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Trump pardons former media mogul Conrad Black

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm MDT

FILE: Conrad Black is shown at the University Club in Toronto on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

WASHINGTON –¬†Former media mogul Conrad Black has received a full pardon from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The former Canadian citizen was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007 and spent 3 and a half years in prison as a result.

Black, a former newspaper publisher, 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.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Black “has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought.”

In 2018 he published “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.”

Trump has 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.