Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreet BhararaVox Media acquires podcasting company co-founded by Preet Bharara Reimagining the role of the next SEC chair What a Biden administration should look like MORE said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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 StoneMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Cohen on Giuliani: 'Chickens coming home to roost' There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder MORE, have speculated that Trump’s pardons are a signal to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 LewandowskiThe Memo: The mystery of post-presidency Trump Trump frustrated with pace of super PAC Dozens of Trump appointees 'burrow' into Biden government MORE said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s pardon of D’Souza “is not a sign," instead dubbing it a "one-off opportunity."