Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who refused to resign after being ordered, was just fired by President Trump.
Bharara originally resisted the order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Friday afternoon, which he issued to Bharara and 45 other U.S. attorneys from prior administrations. CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that the acting deputy Attorney General called Bharara and informed him that Trump was firing him. Bharara later clarified on his verified Twitter account that he was being fired and not resigning.
Acting deputy Attorney General Dana Boente just called US Attorney Preet Bharara and told him President Trump was firing him.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 11, 2017
I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017
Bharara is famous for his record of busting corrupt elected officials, like former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — a Democrat — and former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — a Republican — who were both convicted of federal corruption charges and are currently serving 12-year and 5-year sentences, respectively.
In addition to those convictions, Bharara’s office was also investigating Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for alleged pay-for-play contributions to his campaign. For his part, AG Sessions has said that all ongoing investigations handled by the U.S. attorneys being asked to resign will be temporarily handled by career prosecutors within the Attorney General’s office.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.