Preet Bharara, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Saturday he was fired by President Trump after he refused to resign when asked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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
“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 Saturday.
The Hill reports,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday asked 46 attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, including Bharara.
On Saturday, it was reported that Bharara was refusing to resign.
The Justice Department (DOJ) announced Friday that Sessions called for the former attorneys to resign. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the DOJ.The call for resignations applies to all Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys, including Bharara.
It came as a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.
According to an exclusive report by The Daily Beast late Friday, Bharara told his section chiefs that he’d yet to submit the requested letter and may instead challenge Sessions to fire him.
Bharara’s office is working through an investigation of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and about to start the trials of two close allies to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.