President Donald Trump has pardoned a media mogul who just so happened to author a book gushing about the Trump presidency.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Black "has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought". He called it a long ordeal that was "never anything but a confluence of unlucky events, the belligerence of several corporate governance charlatans, and grandstanding local and American judges, all fanned by an unusually frenzied worldwide media showing exceptional interest in the case because I was a media owner".
Other pardons have included Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Vice-President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of lying about leaks to the media, and Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champ, convicted in 1913 of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.
Black, 74, spent nearly 3½ years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada.
A description of Black's book on Trump compared it to two other presidential biographies he had written and said that this time around Black had turned "his attention to his "friend" President Donald J. Trump".
Black renounced his Canadian citizenship when he became a British peer in 2001 but moved back to Canada following his release from a Florida prison. He is still a British citizen.
Canada's Ontario Securities Commission ruled in 2015 that Black could no longer hold executive positions at listed companies or investment funds.
The White House said Trump offered clemency to Patrick Nolan, a former Republican legislator who allied with Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, on prison revisions previous year, and to Lord Conrad M. Black of Crossharbour, a Canadian-born former newspaper publisher who authored a book titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other". He was also removed from the Order of Canada.
In it, he said "Americans will likely and rightly judge (Trump) a success, despite his lapses of suavity. he is a man of his times, and his time has come".