U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing to Resign

, New York Law Journal


Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is out of a job. Bharara, who was told he would keep his position during a meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan in November, announced via his personal Twitter account that he was fired just before 3 p.m. Saturday. "I did not resign," he said in the tweet. "Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life."

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What's being said

  • PC

    Drain the swamp!

  • Lil‘ Marco

    Like Silly Sally Yates before him, Lil‘ Preet prefers drama over time-honored, uncontroversial tradition.

  • mediaprof

    He was "fired" because he had refused to resign, governance by sham. Nothing stops acting USANYC to rehire Preetinder as AUSA, as consultant, of counsel, or half-day mini- job and assign him a windowless desk downstairs to help out. His usdoj email has already been hijacked by the Banana Guards.

  • Avon

    Now that Bharara refused to tender his resignation and was fired (3pm Saturday March 11, per updated version of this article), I‘m more sympathetic to the feelings of Friday‘s two commenters. Sure, some presidents have requested the formality of every USAtty‘s resignation, which are rarely accepted. But that practice is usually actually helpful in that it formally respects that USAttys aren‘t supposed to be fired (or otherwise manipulated) for political reasons, and declining their resignations has the effect of publicly “having their backs” or even endorsing them while they continue to serve – despite that they weren‘t picked by the newly current administration. Bharara (and Deley‘s comment) recognized that that mutually cooperative spirit is not what Trump had in mind; friendship with Schumer would be viewed as betrayal and political power (not faithful execution of the laws) is the only governing factor here. I doubt Sessions wants “servile” US Attorneys since he‘s always been a collegial maverick himself. More likely, he and Bannon advised Trump (correctly) that you can‘t count on any lawyer acceptable to Obama to be primarily a reliable executor of the Trump political agenda. It‘s ironic that Bharara in Manhattan was conducting criminal investigations of Cuomo and de Blasio sidekicks, that Capers in Brooklyn was convicting and deporting lots of drug-dealing “bad hombres,” and that both were highly effective at those things (far more so than most anyone who would agree to serve under Trump and Sessions). Trump and Sessions are not going to be able to find any new USAtty with integrity who will do that as well, yet also be “loyal” and “servile.” If they‘re honest with themselves going forward (which I consider unlikely), they‘ll rue the loss of these two US Attorneys.

  • Geoffrey Boise

    I like and admire Preet Bharara. It is difficult for anyone who knows him and his work, not to. Unfortunately, considering his education, experience, and ivy-league education, Donald Trump has not learned how to behave like a gentleman; and much to the disappointment of many citizens, of the United States, who expected their President to act, and speak, like a statesman. Whatever else Mr. Trump may prove to be, our President is anything but a gentleman. Moreover, it appears that in November, when the Assistant US Attorney met with the President-Elect, the assurance he received, that he could continue his job, could not have factored in, the future events that would reverse that decision. Preet Bharara is very closely connected, socially and professionally, to the new United States Senate Democrat leader. That, alone, is enough to get him black-balled, from any Trump appointment. Sen. Chuck Schumer, has positioned himself, as President Trump‘s most ardent critic, and foremost antagonist. Hell hath no fury like Donald Trump‘s wrath!

  • Chris Marengo

    I think this is "fake news". Every president‘s AG asks al of the USAs to tender their resignation. This is nothing new. Some resignations are accepted. Some are rejected. I believe Bharara will be retained. We shall see.

  • Deley Gazinelli

    Preet Bharara would not have enforced the arbitrary and damaging polices of the Trump administration. Jeff Sessions wants a compliant and servant U. S. Attorney. Bharara‘s departure is a big lost to New York and our nation.

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