Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaPreet Bharara: Barr's excuse for not testifying to House 'rhymes with snitty' Bharara: 'Donald Trump is not out of legal jeopardy' Bharara: 'Doesn't seem' Mueller's investigation 'ending any time soon' MORE said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE, have speculated that Trump’s pardons are a signal to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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. LewandowskiTime magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid MORE said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s pardon of D’Souza “is not a sign," instead dubbing it a "one-off opportunity."