U.S. attorney Preet Bharara was fired from his position after refusing to step down when Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the resignation of all Obama-era attorneys that were left.
After Sessions made the announcement, Bharara also went to the media and stated that he would not be resigning, and that he planned to keep working on his cases. Sessions responded by firing him.
“I did not resign,” Bharara tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”
Bharara is known as a tough NYC attorney who has gone after Wall Street and other companies, and just finished up an investigation on Mayor Bill De Blasio.
The Daily Caller has more:
Bharara has a reputation for aggressively and successfully going after banks and Wall Street insiders, and is finishing up an investigation into New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as reportedly continuing an investigation into the way Fox News handled settlements of sexual harassment claims by some of its employees. He was also about to start trials of two former aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Justice Department’s move to clear out attorneys from the former presidency has become custom in recent transitions, so it’s not particularly surprising. Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton each dismissed about 90 attorneys in the early months of their presidency. Many of the Obama-era attorneys have already resigned, but Sessions asked the remaining 46 appointed prosecutors to leave their post in the letter Friday, including Bharara.
“Been in the works for awhile,” a senior administration official told Politico, referring to the letter sent Friday. “Decided to pull the trigger today. We were always planning for it on about Day 50.”