Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaIt’s crazy to not ask difficult questions about NATO The importance of independent, unbiased data George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' MORE said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 StoneNew filing suggests Mueller has evidence Stone communicated with WikiLeaks Judge in Roger Stone case restricts public comments Stone takes shot at Mueller's office in new filing 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. LewandowskiOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Zinke, Lewandowski join Trump veterans’ lobbying firm Trump campaign spent nearly 0K of donor money on law firm representing Kushner MORE said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s pardon of D’Souza “is not a sign," instead dubbing it a "one-off opportunity."