Trump Pardons Longtime Billionaire Buddy, Conrad Black

Conrad Black seen entering the courthouse. He is a longtime friend of Trumps.

The former press baron Conrad M. Black was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice after swindling his company, Hollinger International, of $60 million.  Photo Credit: John Gress/Reuters

 

Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad M. Black, the former press baron and onetime society fixture who was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.

The pardon of Mr. Black, a political ally and longtime associate of Mr. Trump’s, was the latest example of the president using one of the unilateral powers of his office to absolve a high-profile public figure whose case resonates with him personally, bucking the more traditional practice of sifting through thousands of pardon applications awaiting his review.

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