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'Moments ago I was fired': High profile New York attorney Preet Bharara is SACKED by Trump administration after refusing to step down in Sessions' surprise cull of 46 Obama-appointed prosecutors
U.S. attorney for Manhattan Preet Bharara was among those asked to hand in their resignations on Friday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked 46 US attorneys nominated by President Obama to resign
The request of Bharara comes after he met Trump in November was told he would be staying on
The high profile New York attorney was said to be blindsided by the move
He is reportedly now considering whether to challenge Trump to fire hiM.

By Emily Crane and Geoff Earle Deputy U.s. Political Editor For

PUBLISHED: 13:34 EST, 11 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 EST, 11 March 2017


High profile U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, says he has been fired by the Trump administration after refusing to hand in his resignation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday asked for 46 US attorneys nominated by President Obama to resign their posts.

Bharara, who was among those asked to leave despite meeting with Trump in November and being told he would stay on, had refused to step down. '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,' Bharara tweeted on Saturday afternoon.  High profile U.S. attorney for Manhattan Preet Bharara refused to hand in his resignation after the Trump administration requested a clean out of the Justice Department.

Bharara tweeted on Saturday afternoon that he had been fired by the Trump administration  

{Yeah Baby; now you know what it is like to be ignored/forgotten as was and is the case with the NYCDCC Civil RICO 23+ Year old abortion of a case which, while recognizing & in full knowledge of the criminal racketeering by the UBCJA International & certain District Council Executive Boards, pro-temmed or otherwise appointed and/or receiving 'dispensation' and/or hacks/yes men for one Douglas J. McCarron, you have stood lamely by in Judge Bermans Federal District Court while being fully aware of the known & identified labor laws being continually violated, bribes/payoffs, embezzlement of Union Trust Fund Pensioneers monies set aside for their retirement and your direct & indirect knowledge of said affairs and criminal acts makes you thusly a criminal co-conspirator of the UBCJA and its corporate whore-mongers/puppet-masters, senators & their respective legal counsel who are also directly & indirectly participating in the graft, acceptance of illegal loans after said parties thoroughly wash and or otherwise clean said monies up from over-sea parties and then re-investing said monies into Non-Union projects in & about Manhattan, Jersey & around the U.S.A.; so we have been informed and/or told. TWEET AWAY ASSHOLE BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL DONE; "YOU'RE FIRED"!}

Presidents often order political appointees to resign when they take office, but the abrupt nature of the move caught some by surprise - especially given that so many were asked to leave at once. The New York attorney was said to be blindsided by the move, CNN reports.

A federal law enforcement official told the Daily Beast earlier on Saturday that Bharara had not yet submitted his resignation and was deciding whether to challenge the Trump administration to fire him.  

Trump personally asked two attorneys to stay on - current acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente and the man he picked to take over that position, Rod Rosenstein. 'The President called Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein tonight to inform them that he has declined to accept their resignation, and they will remain in their current positions,' Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said.

It follows an NBC report that some attorneys were not aware they were expected to resign until their staff members saw posts on social media. A source told the outlet that Sessions ended a conference call on Thursday by saying 'happy hunting' - giving them no indication of the announcement that was to follow.  

Bharara met with Trump at his home in Trump Tower in November and told reporters afterward he had decided to 'stay on.' 'The President-elect asked, presumably because he's a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years ... whether or not I'd be prepared to stay on' Bhrara said. 'I agreed.'

Bharara was among those asked to leave by Jeff Sessions, despite meeting with President Trump in November and being told he would stay on. He is among a group of Obama-appointed holdovers who did not vacate their offices following the transition to the Trump administration.

The US attorney's office in New York had no comment about the Justice Department's announcement.

As the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Bharara has helped bring down top political leaders in both parties. His jurisdiction also could interface with the Trump Organization, which is located in Manhattan. He helped bring down New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, on corruption charges, and then prosecuted Senate minority leader Dean Skelos, a Republican. His jurisdiction could have put him in a position to pursue the Trump administration.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who used to have Bharara on his staff and helped secure his appointment, expressed concern on Friday night. 'I'm troubled to learn of reports of requests for resignations from the remaining U.S. Attorneys, particularly that of Preet Bharara, after the President initiated a call to me in November and assured me he wanted Mr Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District,' Schumer said.

'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. They ask for letters of resignation but the attorneys are allowed to stay on the job until their successor is confirmed.

'By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.'

Preet Bharara, pictured with his wife Dalya Bharara, attended the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked 46 US attorneys to resign their posts. Bharara was among those asked to leave, despite meeting with Trump at Trump Tower (above) in November and being told he would stay on

On Wednesday, watchdog groups wrote to Bharara ugring him to pursue potential violations by the Constitution's Emoluments clause, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments, the Washington Post reported. The statement released by the Justice Department made no mention of Bharara or any exceptions to those being asked to resign.

'As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,' said Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur-Flores in a statement.

'The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition. Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney's Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,' she said.

Bharara was among 46 federal prosecutors asked to resign by the administration of US President Donald Trump. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by Obama have already left their positions. The Obama administration allowed political appointees of President George W Bush to serve until their replacement had been nominated and confirmed.

The federal prosecutors are nominated by the president, generally upon the recommendation of a home-state senator. One US attorney appointed by Bush, Rod Rosenstein of Maryland, remained on the job for the entire Obama administration and is the current nominee for deputy attorney general.

US attorneys are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the territories they oversee. They report to Justice Department leadership in Washington, and their priorities are expected to be in line with those of the attorney general. Sessions submitted additional information to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week after it was revealed he did not disclose during his confirmation hearing that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. on two occasions.

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