Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaBudowsky: If Dems win control of Congress The Hill's Morning Report: Trump’s allies turn against him The Hill's Morning Report — Battle lines drawn as Trump and Cohen dig in MORE said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE’s political allies are getting a clear message from the president’s recent pardons.

"I don't know if he is trying to send a message, but they are clearly getting a message," Bharara said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

"He's making it very clear he is prepared to pardon anyone for any reason without any review. It was suggested that he reviewed the case — I don't think Donald Trump did anything of the sort."


Bharara was referring to Trump's move on Thursday to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza. D'Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in 2014 and is serving five years probation for the crime, which is a felony.

Trump also said Friday that he was considering pardoning TV personality Martha Stewart and commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) prison sentence. Both have ties to Trump's “The Apprentice” reality series.

"He decides in the moment to take a political action, and that is what he did in this case," Bharara, who was fired by Trump last year, said on Sunday. "I think he is going to keep doing it."

Some, including former Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTime for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Roger Stone associates questioned about ties to WikiLeaks for Mueller probe: report Michael Moore compares Trump to Hitler in new movie MORE, have speculated that Trump’s pardons are a signal to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

"Indict people for crimes that don’t pertain to Russian collusion and this is what could happen,” Stone told The Washington Post of Trump’s pardon of D’Souza.

“The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers," Stone added.

Other Trump surrogates have disputed that characterization. Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film GOP destroyed oversight — Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected MORE said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s pardon of D’Souza “is not a sign," instead dubbing it a "one-off opportunity."