Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaBharara: 'Donald Trump is not out of legal jeopardy' Bharara: 'Doesn't seem' Mueller's investigation 'ending any time soon' Demands grow for a public Mueller report MORE said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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 StonePress: Should the media apologize to Donald Trump? Schiff says Dems to charge ahead with Trump investigations Trump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller targets 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. LewandowskiCNN's Chris Cuomo knocks 'state TV' Fox News T-Mobile says it increased Trump hotel spending after Sprint merger announcement The 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe MORE said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s pardon of D’Souza “is not a sign," instead dubbing it a "one-off opportunity."