Top Democrat Says Bharara May Have Been Fired For Investigating Trump

Posted March 14, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend asked 46 U.S. Attorneys General who served under the Obama administration to immediately tender their resignations, according to the Department of Justice. Relations have been warming to, uh, unusual levels between Trump and Fox's Rupert Murdoch, who Sherman previously reported is said to speak with Trump at least three times a week; Fox News has eagerly risen to the task of state propaganda outlet. Appointed by a Democratic president, he waged war on Democrats and Republicans alike, such as Sheldon Silver (the former Democratic State Assembly speaker) and Dean G. Skelos (the former Republican majority leader of the State Senate).

But on Friday afternoon, Sessions abruptly ordered 46 prosecutors, almost all appointees of Barack Obama, to resign "effective immediately".

Although US attorneys are political appointees, and the request from the Justice Department is part of a routine process, the move came as a surprise.

Donald Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp" rings a little more hollow with his mass firing of 46 Department of Justice attorneys, including Preet Bharara in Manhattan.

Bharara made a name for himself prosecuting dozens of high-profile bankers for insider trading and securities fraud. "He's been one of the best U.S attorneys NY has ever seen", Schumer said. A spokesman for Bharara declined to comment. "But it was handled in a way that was disrespectful to the USA attorneys because they were nearly treated as though they had done something wrong, when in fact they had not". Bharara enjoyed a particularly powerful perch in the criminal justice system with the Southern District of NY being one of the largest federal prosecutors' offices in the U.S. with 220 assistant USA attorneys. "No one complains about that", said John Walsh, an Obama-era appointee as US attorney in Colorado who resigned in July. Obama had asked Bob Gates, who was appointed by President George W Bush, to continue as his secretary of defense.

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One day after he was sacked from his job as U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara likened the move to a 2014 decision to pull the plug on an investigative commission that was looking at corruption in Albany.

But Mr Bharara was a unique case: the Indian-born prosecutor known for his toughness and for remaining untethered to politics or party had been assured by the president-elect that he could keep his job. Bharara also led a public inquiry into the sudden shutdown of the Moreland Commission, an anticorruption commission established by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

And now, speculation is rampant that the real reason behind firing Bharara was his role of an investigator in the Fox News sexual allegations controversy. Bharara's removal came as a shock to many as he was asked by Trump in November previous year to stay on with his government.

In other words, Bharara or not, enforcement out of the Manhattan U.S. attorney isn't slowing down anytime soon, in Wall Street matters or otherwise.

"Those investigations will continue, irrespective of the removal of the confirmed USA attorney head". Every new administration does not replace all U.S. attorneys at once.