Preet Bharara Fired by Trump Team After Refusing to Resign

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12 March, 2017

"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".

Preet Bharara took to Twitter to announce his firing yesterday afternoon.

"I did not resign", he said.

But one who refused to resign, outspoken Manhattan prosecutor Preet Bharara (pronounced buh-RAH'-ruh), was summarily fired by Trump, Bharara confirmed on Saturday.

Donald Trump got to say one of his favorite phrases to US attorney Preet Bharara: "You're fired!"

A Justice Department spokesman, Peter Carr, said Mr Trump has asked Rosenstein and Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, who has served as United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to stay on.

Bharara has made public corruption and insider trading an emphasis since President Barack Obama appointed him midway through 2009.

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It emerged on Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was seeking the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who served under the leadership of Barack Obama. "Serving my country as U.S. Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live", Bharara said in a statement, about two hours after he tweeted the announcement.

"While it's true that presidents from both parties made their own choices for USA attorney positions across the country, they have always done so in an orderly fashion that doesn't put ongoing investigations at risk", the New York Democrat said.

Oklahoma Northern District U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr., through a spokeswoman, declined to comment, saying he had not received official notification about the resignation request.

His office is now investigating allegations that Mayor de Blasio's office performed favors for campaign donors, as well as a case against a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"The way the Obama administration handled it was appropriate and respectful and classy", he said.

One U.S. attorney appointed by President George W. Bush - Rod Rosenstein of Maryland - remained on the job for the entire Obama administration and is the current nominee for deputy attorney general.

"I think it's very unprofessional and I'm very disappointed", he said. "It's going to be a one-liner", he added.


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