2020-12-28 by W.M.
Trump checks off Hollinger executives on his pardon list
U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned two of the men who were convicted of fraud alongside Conrad Black, the founder of the National Post and former head of the Hollinger International Inc. media group.
Black, an ardent defender of the president — whom he counts as a “loyal friend,” according to The New Yorker — is the author of a Trump biography and columnist for the National Post. Black was pardoned in May 2019.
Trump has issued a litany of pardons in recent days, among them Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, both ensnared by the probe into Trump’s dealings with Russia. Both Manafort and Stone were convicted by juries of a number of felonies. Trump, on Tuesday, also pardoned a number of Blackwater mercenaries, who had been convicted in 2014 of various offences after massacring 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007.
Wednesday’s pardon list was a diverse affair, featuring a manufacturer of diabetic shoe inserts who was convicted of mail fraud, a police officer who let loose her police dog on an unarmed homeless man in 1995 and was sentenced to a decade in jail for civil-rights violations and a variety of white collar criminals and fraudsters.