N.Y. prosecutor Preet Bharara gets the axe after defying Jeff Sessions’ order to resign

Schumer said that by requesting immediate resignations, Trump was “interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.”

Bharara was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009. In frequent public appearances, Bharara has decried public corruption after successfully prosecuting over a dozen state lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike.
NEW YORK — An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for crusading against public corruption announced he was fired Saturday after he refused a request a day earlier to resign.

In it, he linked to an AP video of a Senate hearing focusing on whether federal prosecutors were fired for political reasons.
Bharara worked for Comey when he was U.S. The request for resignations came just days after Trump last weekend claimed that Obama tapped his telephones during last year’s election. FBI Director James Comey privately asked the Justice Department to dispute the claim because he believed the allegations were false. attorney in Manhattan under President George W. Bush.

Bharara, who was once lauded on the cover of Time magazine as the man who is “busting Wall Street” after successfully prosecuting dozens of insider traders, has in the past few years set his sights on prosecuting over a dozen state officeholders — Democrats and Republicans — including New York’s two most powerful lawmakers.

attorney in Manhattan and Bharara told reporters after the Trump Tower meeting that he had agreed to do so. Just over three months ago, then-President-elect Donald Trump asked Bharara to remain as U.S.

Sessions’ decision to include Bharara’s name on the list of 46 resignations of holdovers from the Obama administration surprised Manhattan prosecutors.

— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 7, 2017

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New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday that he was “troubled to learn” of the resignation demands, particularly of Bharara, since Trump called him in November and assured him that he wanted Bharara to remain Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor.

“Is that me in the background? Boy I’ve aged.” “This Senate hearing on political interference @DOJ was 10 yrs ago today,” Bharara wrote.
Boy I’ve aged. https://t.co/i1248gqwIk This Senate hearing on political interference @ DOJ was 10 yrs ago today. Is that me in background?

30, he emerged from the meeting to say Trump had asked him to remain in the job he has held since his appointment in the summer of 2009 and he had agreed. After Bharara met Trump on Nov.

Last week, the quick-witted Bharara initiated a new personal Twitter feed with one of his first tweets perhaps intentionally delivering multiple messages.

Preet Bharara, 48, made the announcement on his personal Twitter account after it became widely known hours earlier that he did not intend to step down in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request that leftover appointees of former President Barack Obama quit.

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— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017

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“I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired,” Bharara said in the tweet. “Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honour of my professional life.”
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Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life. I did not resign.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Attorney Preet Bharara speaks during a news conference in New York. 17, 2015 photo, Then-U.S. In this Sept.
Also, prosecutors recently interviewed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as part of a probe into his fundraising. Andrew M. The request from Sessions came as Bharara’s office is prosecuting former associates of Democratic Gov. The mayor’s press secretary has said the mayor is co-operating and that he and his staff had acted appropriately. Cuomo in a bribery case.

 

It also recently was revealed that Bharara’s office is investigating the financial terms of settlements of sexual-harassment claims against Fox News by its employees.

Sessions lost his position as U.S. attorneys, it often occurs at a slower pace. While it is customary for a new president to replace virtually all of the 93 U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama in a similar sweep by then-Attorney General Janet Reno in 1993.