Trump pardons fraudster Conrad Black after glowing biography

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Former media mogul who owned Daily Telegraph spent more than three years in prison

Conrad Black leaving a bail hearing in Chicagowith his wife Barbara Amiel in 2010.
Conrad Black leaving a bail hearing in Chicago with his wife, Barbara Amiel, in 2010. Photograph: John Gress/REUTERS

Donald Trump has pardoned Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator before being jailed for fraud, shortly after he wrote a book praising the US president.

Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, was once known for his extravagant lifestyle as he ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post. But he ended up serving three and a half years in prison after he was convicted in 2007 of siphoning off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by the company he controlled.

Since leaving jail Black, who is a British peer, has been on a quest to clear his name. Last year he published a book entitled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other, writing that Trump ???is not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior???. He suggested the president had been misunderstood.

Quick guide

Conrad Black on Donald Trump

On Trump???s personality

'Like the country he represents, Donald Trump possesses the optimism to persevere and succeed, the confidence to affront tradition and convention, a genius for spectacle, and a firm belief in common sense and the common man.'

On Trump???s attitude towards women

'Donald himself stepped in when Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, ballooned