U.S. Attorney In NY Fired By DOJ After Trump Previously Promised He’d Stay On

FILE - In this file photo taken Oct. 5, 2010, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, talks to the media about charges being brought against participants in a stock fraud scheme an... FILE - In this file photo taken Oct. 5, 2010, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, talks to the media about charges being brought against participants in a stock fraud scheme and other charges being brought against participants in a cocaine trafficking scheme in New York. Bharara in Manhattan, told the New York City Bar Association that white-collar crime was on the rise, carried out by Wall Street heavyweights who consider inside information "a performance enhancing drug that provides the illegal 'edge' to outpace their rivals and make even more money."(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file) MORE LESS
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This story has been updated to reflect Preet Bharara’s announcement that he had been fired.

A U.S. attorney in New York who had been previously promised by President Donald Trump that he’d be allowed to keep his post was fired Saturday, amidst confusion whether the broad call for Obama-era U.S. attorneys to step down applied to him.

President Obama’s U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara said on Twitter Saturday that he’d been fired after reports surfaced that he had not submitted a letter of resignation as requested by Trump’s Justice Department.

The Justice Department on Friday abruptly asked the 46 U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the previous administration to step down. Bharara told his colleagues Friday that he had not submitted the requested letter of resignation and did not plan to over the weekend, according to reports in the Daily Beast and New York Times.

Bharara had met with Trump soon after November’s election in Trump Tower, where Trump told him he’d keep Bharara in the position. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Bharara this week and reiterated that he would maintain the post, a federal law enforcement official told the Daily Beast.

The Washington Post reported Saturday afternoon that Bharara did not submit his resignation because he was confused whether the broad call for resignations applied to him. Bharara brought this up in a phone call with acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, who had been informing the U.S. attorneys of the resignation requests Friday afternoon, according to the Post, but Boente was unable to clear the matter up.

Bharara was involved in a number of high-profile investigations, including a probe of associates of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and a case against a top aide to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

It is typical for a new administration to clean house and bring in a new slate of U.S. attorneys, particularly if it is succeeding a president of a different party. What made Friday’s resignation requests unusual was that they came before Trump had put forward nominees to replace the officials, according to the Daily Beast, and in Bharara’s case, that he was asked to resign after previously being told he would stay on.

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  1. Echoes of 2007?

  2. No. Because they are political appointees. 2007 was an unusual circumstance f midterm firing with congress alleging they wouldn’t pursue Democrtic politicians.

  3. It is tempting to put this down to the usual ultra-shoddy Trump administration staff work.

    The good thing is that regardless of why this happened or how it turns out, it should be yet another embarrassment for an incompetent regime.

  4. Echos of a very public means to demonstrate that Drumpf is a liar and serial reneger, among other serial behaviours.

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