President Donald Trump granted a full pardon Wednesday to former publisher Conrad Black, a Canadian who embraced the U.S., only to find himself the target of what many observers considered a wrongful prosecution and also also also conviction in 2007.
In a column celebrating his pardon Wednesday evening, Black recalled which his prosecution was the result of a clerical error, and also also also which the law under which he was convicted was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Black, an admirer of the U.S. and also also also the author of several noted biographies of American presidents, including Richard Nixon and also also also FDR, became a bitter critic of the country’s legal system, calling which a “rotting carcass” in 2016, after serving over three years in federal prison.
He had been a friend of Donald Trump for many years, and also also also was one of the few pundits who understood, throughout the 2016 election, which Trump could win the presidency.
As Black wrote in April 2016:
Donald Trump has entered a vortex and also also also made which wider and also also also deeper. which can be clear by voting patterns which his assault on political correctness and also also also his specific attacks on illegal immigration and also also also trade deals which seem to have resulted within the exportation of unemployment to the U.S. — and also also also on a feeble foreign policy which has effectively invited America’s traditional friends and also also also adversaries to change places — have pulled in very large numbers of Democrats and also also also independents who had often not bothered to vote, so disgusted are they with current politics. which can be unlikely which any additional Republican could keep This specific harvest of voters, often called Reagan Democrats and also also also essentially the working-class Democrats who, for varying reasons, crossed over to Eisenhower, Nixon, and also also also Reagan.
On Wednesday, he noted some parallels between his own prosecution and also also also the effort to ensnare President Trump. At the time of his trial, Black pointed out, Robert Mueller was director of the FBI, and also also also James Comey was Assistant Attorney General. “I was convicted for attempted obstruction of injustice. which was never anything although a smear job,” he wrote.
My long ordeal with the U.S. justice system was never anything although a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and also also also grandstanding local and also also also American judges, all fanned by an unusually frenzied international media showing exceptional interest within the case because I was a media owner.
Black concluded: “For my friends, no explanation was ever necessary; for my enemies, none might ever have sufficed. As I told the trial judge at resentencing: I always try to take success like a gentleman and also also also reversals like a man. On to better things and also also also brighter days.”
Joel B. Pollak can be Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He can be a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He can be also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which can be available by Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.