Anti-corruption US attorney refuses Jeff Sessions’ order to resign

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, based out of Manhattan, is going to continue working despite an order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

Bharara’s office is known for investigatingĀ corrupt elected officials, like New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, who was arrested on federal corruption charges in 2015 and is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence. Bharara also secured the conviction of Republican Dean Skelos, who was the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate until he was sentenced to five years in prison over a bribery scheme. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is also currently under investigation by Bharara’s office, for alleged pay-for-play political donations.

After AG Sessions ordered the resignation of 46 U.S. Attorneys left over from prior administrations — including Bharara — the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has remained notably silent, and has still not vacated his office or turned his letter of resignation as of this writing, according to the Daily Beast.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), whom Bharara once worked for as a staff counsel, condemned Sessions’ mass layoffs of U.S. attorneys.

“While it’s true that presidents from both parties made their own choices for U.S. Attorney positions across the country, they have always done so in an orderly fashion that doesn’t put ongoing investigations at risk,” Schumer stated.

Preet Bharara’s official U.S. attorney Twitter account was still active as of Saturday afternoon, and the U.S. attorney has so far given no acknowledgement of Sessions’ order to resign.

 

Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.