Preet Bharara, the Indian-born American who used to serve as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY has revealed that he did not resign but was instead fired.
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"While it's true that presidents from both parties made their own choices for US attorney positions across the country, they have always done so in an orderly fashion that doesn't put ongoing investigations at risk", Schumer said. "Today's decision is a victory for fair markets and those who believe that the system should not be rigged", he said. Mr Bharara's answer was yes: "I said I would absolutely consider staying on".
Trump did in fact ask Bharara to stay his post during the transition, though it was never clear how long he would remain in office.
On Friday, the Trump Administration asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys employed by the justice department.
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A USA law enforcement official said over the weekend Bharara didn't take the call because he didn't want to talk to the president without the approval of his superiors.
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"President Trump's abrupt and unexplained decision to summarily remove over 40 U.S. attorneys has once again caused chaos in the federal government", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Wright played a YouTube video of Thursday's Hannity, where the Fox News host warned that there were "Obama holdovers bureaucrats who are hell bent on destroying this president".
One day after he was sacked from his job as U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara likened the move to a 2014 decision to pull the plug on an investigative commission that was looking at corruption in Albany.
The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013, and their primary focus was on suspected illegal activities among state politicians.
But Mr Bharara was a unique case: the Indian-born prosecutor known for his toughness and for remaining untethered to politics or party had been assured by the president-elect that he could keep his job.
The decision to replace so many sitting attorneys at once has raised questions about whether the Trump administration's ability to enforce the nation's laws would be hindered. Robert B. Schumer is the chair of the firm's corporate department and advised Time Warner Cable in its $78.7 billion merger with Charter Communication, as well as its attempted merger with Comcast Corporation. The Obama administration allowed political appointees of President George W. Bush to serve until their replacement had been nominated and confirmed.
However, Bharara's office did state they would take up the work that Moreland had begun, given that the Moreland commission had been in the middle of investigations when it was prematurely abolished.
"The question arises", Toobin said, "Is there something either that the Trump administration doesn't want Preet Bharara to pursue, or are there things he knows that he might disclose later that could be troublesome for the Trump administration?"
Boente then called Bharara back and said Trump was firing him, the source said.