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Former AG Eric Holder: Trump’s Pardons May Be Aimed at Sending Message in Russia Probe

On Friday, former Attorney General Eric Holder questioned President Donald Trump‘s motives behind his pardons, including the most recent pardon of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza.

“If you pardon somebody, all right, that means that they don’t have much to worry about with regard to whatever the pardon covers,” Holder said at a Politics and Eggs event in New Hampshire.

He continued on: “But if Bob Mueller, for instance, wants to take a pardoned person, put that person before a grand jury, that person no longer has the ability to say, I’m going to invoke my Fifth Amendment right. That’s been stripped away… And that person then becomes a perfect witness for the special counsel.”

The comments from Holder, who served in the Obama administration, come just one day after Trump pardoned D’Souza and announced the decision via a tweet. He also teased two more celebrity clemency actions including those of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and Martha Stewart, both Apprentice alums.

Holder, who announced during the political event that he has not ruled out a 2020 Democratic presidential bid, also told the attendees of the political event, according to the Washington Post, that while Trump was trying to send a “message” to Mueller’s witnesses, he thought it was unlikely to actually have an influence on Mueller’s work.

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