Listen: Conrad Black, President And Donald J Trump discussed on Press Play with Madeleine Brand
"Happen to have personal ties to him. Conrad Black is a billionaire, former media mogul, and one of Trump's old business partners. He was convicted of fraud and obstruction of Justice about a dozen years ago. The other is Pat Nolan. He's the former Republican leader in the California state assembly back in the nineties, and that's when he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a massive FBI sting operation in Sacramento, known as shrimp gate, here to tells more about these two guys and why the president pardoned them Aaron Blake both men, by the way, have completed their prison sentences. Erin writes, for the Washington Post political analysis blog, it's called the fix welcome back to the show. Erin. Thank you for having me. Great tabby. Okay. Let's begin. With Conrad Black tells more about him. Well, this is like you said he is a man who has completed his sentence, he served about two and a half years. He escaped some of the more serious charges that he was accused of. But he's somebody who's very much in close with both Trump and the conservative movement among the people that the White House announced as being supportive of him where Rush Limbaugh, some other conservative figures, and, and of course, the personal tight here is also is also significant. I mean we, we look back to the late nineties, actually, it was in two thousand one I should say, when Bill Clinton pardoned Marc rich financier of the Democratic Party, you know, this isn't even closer personal relationship than we had back then. So I think that if you look at over the course of all of his pardons in recent in recent months and years, I think this might be arguably the most controversial one if, if people were actually paying close attention to well, also black had written a book recently called. Donald J Trump president like no other to that have. And that's, that's, that's a big part of it too. And I looked through some of the things that were in that book. I mean it was very glowing praise for the president's business acumen, some of the things that he was doing his president. He even uses some of the president's talking points when it comes to his election when he says, you know, the president won more votes than any Republican presidential candidate in history, and that's true, but it's also because our population has grown by so much. So it really is. You know, it is a book that almost seemed to be written by somebody who was interested in getting this kind of treatment from the president of the United States, did he site that book when he announced the pardon?"