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Top U.S. prosecutor says he is fired by Trump administration

By Andy Sullivan and Mark Hosenball

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. prosecutor said he was fired by the Trump administration on Saturday after refusing to step down, adding a discordant note to what is normally a routine changing of top attorneys when a new president takes office.

New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's defiant exit, first announced on Twitter, raised questions about President Donald Trump's ability to fill top jobs throughout his government.

Trump has yet to put forward any candidates to serve as the nation's 93 district attorneys even as his Justice Department asked the 46 who have not yet quit to hand in their resignations on Friday. Key positions at agencies like the State Department and the Defence Department also remain unfilled.

As the federal prosecutor for Manhattan and surrounding areas since 2009, Bharara secured insider-trading settlements from Wall Street firms and won criminal convictions in high-profile corruption and terrorism cases.

He told reporters in November that Trump had asked him to stay in his post, and he refused to resign when asked to do so by the Justice Department on Friday. He said he was fired on Saturday afternoon.

"Serving my country as U.S. Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honour of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live," Bharara said in a press statement.

The Justice Department confirmed that Bharara was no longer serving in the position and declined further comment.

Like all U.S. attorneys, Bharara is a political appointee who can be replaced when a new president takes office. Previous presidents have often asked outgoing U.S. attorneys to stay on the job until their replacements win confirmation in the U.S. Senate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' 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.

"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.

Career attorneys will carry on that work until new U.S. attorneys are put in place, the Justice Department said.

Bharara said his deputy, Joon Kim, will serve as his temporary replacement.

Marc Mukasey, a defence lawyer whose father served as attorney general under Republican President George W. Bush, has been mentioned as a possible replacement. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Bharara's office handles some of the most critical business and criminal cases passing through the federal judicial system. He has been overseeing a probe into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising.

Bharara has successfully prosecuted state and local politicians for corruption, including former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He won a lifetime sentence against the Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and a 25-year sentence for international arms dealer Viktor Bout.

He won a $1.8 billion insider-trading settlement against SAC Capital Advisors, the largest in history, which forced the hedge fund to shut down, and he forced JPMorgan Chase to pay $1.7 billion to settle charges related to its role in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

"His firing so early in President Trump's tenure is somewhat unexpected, but if you had asked me a few months ago whether I expected Preet to still be in that job in March I would have said no," said Matthew Schwartz, a former prosecutor under Bharara.

Trump has asked two U.S. prosecutors to remain on the job, according to the Justice Department.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein of Maryland has been asked to stay on as the Senate considers his nomination to serve as the No. 2 Justice Department official, and U.S. Attorney Dana Boente of Virginia, who is temporarily serving in that position, has also been asked to remain.

 
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         Trump has a long and subjective history with attorneys.  He loves them when they rule in his favor, and hates them when they don't.  Trump is going through a sustained anger/lashing out period.  It's expected from a spoiled brat who's never done any real work in his life.  One of more of the conspiracy theory shout-radio hosts probably told him; "if you're dogged by lefties for breaking laws - then simple:  fire all the attorneys and judges."   Never has a career law-breaker been in a position to fire any and all investigators and justice workers who could be involved in busting him.  Al Capone would have loved to have been able to fire attorneys and judges.

 

         Next up:  fire FBI, CIA, NSA and any other officials who could possibly contribute to the legal cases against him and the sheeple he surrounds himself with.

 

 

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1 hour ago, boomerangutang said:

I and dozens of other Thai Visa posters told anyone who would listen,

Good post, except nobody would listen. :wink:

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1 hour ago, Ramen087 said:

Are you saying Trump supporters would have been Stalīnists?

Yes. Why the red card? You fully support someone that is selling his soul to Vladimir Putin. You support someone that allowed an unregistered foreign agent to become NSA which is either inept or treasonous, you pick, but either way he proves himself not fit to be CinC. I think Stalininst is quite a polite term compared to some alternatives that could be used. Trump supporters have all lost their way, they cannot see the wood for the trees, but instead of stopping and turning back they are allowing the pied piper to take them deeper and deeper into the woods. It's a story that won't end well for anyone.

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Some people arent good losers. It is normal practice for politically appointed prosecuters, like this guy to resign when a new administration comes in. This guy refused to follow this widely acceptable practice and got fired.

 

Not that facts are important but Trump specifically asked Preet Bharara to stay on with an in-person meeting back in November. 

 

Further, last Thursday Trump supposedly contacted Preet Bharara by phone, a practice which is questionable. In fact, Preet Bharara was required by law to notify his superior (Jeff Sessions) immediately regarding this unusual contact. The call is said to have been prompted by a rumor that Bharara may have been looking in to Trump's violations of the Emoluments Clause? In which case, simply resigning might have been more legally problematic for him than forcing his own firing? (I'm not a lawyer.)

 

I suspect there will be more to this particular aspect in the coming days and weeks.

 

More likey Trump was worried about the continued independence of this office, as they would be the ones sniffing about The Trump Organization. Better to place someone who will look the other way. Marc L. Mukasey (son of Mike Mukasey) is one who is rumored to potentially take this job.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-personally-bharara-stay-fire-article-1.2995281

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1 hour ago, SOUTHERNSTAR said:

Some people arent good losers. It is normal practice for politically appointed prosecuters, like this guy to resign when a new administration comes in. This guy refused to follow this widely acceptable practice and got fired. So the snowflake is trying to make a point and is now the hero of all the other snowflakes. The only problem is the majority of the people dont care. But in the interest of free speech and freedom of choice the majority will allow these snowflakes to huddle together and cheer each other. But remember you still lost the election and must wait for the next one to correct the mistakes you have made, thats if you can. 

First, enough with the snowflake term.  It's derogatory and this guy doesn't deserve that.  He was asked by Trump to stay, and then was fired unceremoniously. This district is one that going to be at the heart of Trump's relations with Russia.  He might have made himself a very dangerous enemy.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/11/opinions/trump-beware-after-firing-bharara-callan/index.html

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The investigation of possible ties between members of the Trump campaign team and Russian officials, and the President's claim that he was wiretapped in Trump Tower on orders of President Obama, will all lead back to the Southern District of New York.
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In terminating Bharara, though, the President has created a formidable and charismatic enemy who shares the President's social media skills. Mr. Bharara has now become the first US attorney for the Southern District of New York to announce that he had been fired via Twitter. POTUS beware.

 

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2 hours ago, SOUTHERNSTAR said:

Some people arent good losers. It is normal practice for politically appointed prosecuters, like this guy to resign when a new administration comes in. This guy refused to follow this widely acceptable practice and got fired. So the snowflake is trying to make a point and is now the hero of all the other snowflakes. The only problem is the majority of the people dont care. But in the interest of free speech and freedom of choice the majority will allow these snowflakes to huddle together and cheer each other. But remember you still lost the election and must wait for the next one to correct the mistakes you have made, thats if you can. 

Now that you've posted your opinion, why don't you try to actually read the article. Sessions and Trump had a meeting with Bharara and asked him to stay on.  Now they've reneged.

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4 hours ago, darksidedog said:

reduce the number of people who could potentially file against the travel ban.

No, it doesn't. It is and has been the State Attorney Generals (ie., Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts) bringing lawsuits against Trump's travel bans. It is the US Department of Justice who is the defendant in such cases and represented by its now depleted federal attorney general staffs.

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