President Trump issued two pardons on Wednesday night, granting clemency to two men: former California State Assembly Republican leader Pat Nolan, and Conrad Black, a 74-year-old Canadian-born British former media baron who is a long-time friend and one-time business partner. Nolan took a plea deal after being nabbed in a 1990s FBI pay-to-play sting operation known as "Shrimpscam" and served 33 months in prison. Black served more than three years in prison after being convicted in 2007 for fraud and obstruction of justice tied to an alleged scheme to swindle millions from investors in his media company, Hollister International. He wrote a very flattering book about Trump that was published exactly a year before his pardon.

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