'He's going to pardon everyone Mueller indicted': Trump sets off alarms with out-of-the-blue 'pardon spree'
President Donald J. Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, to begin his trip to Michigan and Iowa. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald Trump issued pardons or commuted sentences for 11 people -- including "junk bond king" Michael Milken and a former contestant on his "Apprentice" reality TV show.

The president commuted the sentence for disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoned former San Francisco 49ers own Edward DeBartolo Jr. and former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, among others.

The timing and the volume of the actions raised eyebrows and left many wondering whether Trump was setting the stage to pardon his former associates caught up in the Russia investigation.