Trump Fires US Attorney Preet Bharara After He Refuses To Quit

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The speculation over whether Trump would or would not fire the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, who earlier reportedly said he would not resign on his own, came to a close a 2:29pm ET when Preet Bharara, tweeting from his private Twitter account, announced he had been fired.

"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’s dismissal ended an "extraordinary" showdown in which a political appointee who was named by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, declined an order to submit a resignation.

“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,” Mr. Bharara wrote on his personal Twitter feed, which he set up in the last two weeks. Bharara was among 46 holdover Obama appointees who were called by the acting deputy attorney general on Friday and told to immediately submit resignations and plan to clear out of their offices. But Bharara, who was called to Trump Tower for a meeting with the incoming president in late November 2016, declined to do so.

As reported previously, Bharara said he was asked by Trump to remain in his current post at the meeting. Bharara met with Trump at Trump Tower, and then addressed reporters afterward. Before the firing, one of New York’s top elected Republicans voiced support for Bharara on Saturday.

The Southern District of New York, which Bharara has overseen since 2009, encompasses Manhattan, Trump’s home before he was elected president, as well as the Bronx, Westchester, and other counties north of New York City. Last weekend, Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in Manhattan, an allegation which various Congressmen have said they will launch a probe into.

And now the speculation will begin in earnest why just three months after Bharara, who at the time was conducting a corruption investigation into NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as well as into aides of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told the press that Trump had asked him to "stay on" he is being fired and whether this may indicate that the NYSD has perhaps opened a probe into Trump himself as some have speculated. For more on the unexpected break between the two, read here.

Earlier on Saturday, ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger proposed some good ideas in tweet format over the tension between Trump and Bharara, as follows:

  1. The Preet Bharara drama began with a mystery: Why did Trump ask him to stay on in November, after their meeting in Trump Tower?
  2. Why would Trump ask @USAttyBharara, an ostensibly tough US attorney and--more importantly here-- former Schumer aide, to stay on?
  3. Was Schumer making a deal? Trump & Schumer go way back in NY politics. What was @PreetBharara going to do in return?
  4. Maybe Trump liked that @PreetBharara going after high-profile NY Dems. Maybe he thought it would look worse for his appointee to do so.
  5. Or maybe Trump just liked the cut of @PreetBharara's jib and made the decision in a split-second, on instinct.
  6. So what's changed? Did SDNY start some kind of investigation of Trump? Is Preet collateral damage in Trump's war vs the bureaucracy?
  7. & what does this mean for ongoing Cuomo & DeBlasio investigations? Would indictments from, say, USAtty Marc Mukasey be viewed the same?
  8. That is, if Trump actually fires @USAttyBharara, who then becomes just @PreetBharara.
  9. And is Trump launching the political career of @PreetBharara by martyring him?
  10. Irrespective, it's great for @USAttyBharara, who didn't prosecute Wall St banks after the finl crisis & suffered no reputational damage.

To be sure, moments after the resignation, some of Trump's most vocal opponents promptly took the president to task over the decision:

Finally, as a reminder, in 1993 Jeff Sessions was fired by Bill Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno in exactly the same way.

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pot_and_kettle's picture

Resign means resign. If that's so fucking hard to understand, then " you're fired ".

abyssinian's picture

What an disgraceful clown.... lol 


Getting fired won't be eligible for unemployment benefit 

slightlyskeptical's picture

He qualifies for benefits but won't need them. If he was fired for wrongdoing that would be another thing. 

Stinkytofu's picture

but he WAS fired for wrongdoing.

he did in refusing the legal/lawful orders of his superiors.


regardless, he looks a martyr, which was the plan.

gives him community organizin' street cred.

he'll be moving in with barry and michael in dc to continue the fight.

RiverRoad's picture

A Schumer-patsie outed.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

I suspect in Bharra's imagination, the fact that the president-elect personally asked him to stay meant that he would until the president directly asked him to step aside.  In his mind, perhaps, a general form letter from an underling was not sufficient to override a presidential request. 

Stinkytofu's picture

unless i'm misteaken, trump never "asked him to stay",

except in bharra's imagination.  sure, they had an interview.

and i suspect during that interview, trump asked whether

mr bharra would stay IF REQUESTED.  that would not have

been a promise of future employment, merely the potential.


bharra apparently misunderstanded.

JRobby's picture

David Frum, jackass hack. What a tool (just like the rest)

california chrome's picture

Replace Bharara or Comey with Judge Jeanine Pirro.

DogSense's picture

He's grandstanding. Remember "martyr" Sally Yates.

It's his last-ditch claim to fame. Perhaps he's trolling for a job with a reprobate organization -- Democratic Party, ACLU, CNN, MSNBC,... 

B1G mNy's picture

Damn and I was reading the earlier article about how Trump would have to fire him. Well that's done how about some lunch!

JRobby's picture

The counter attack is just beginning. This will get good. Very good indeed.

Long popcorn and root beer. 

Son of Loki's picture

Hopefully Trump has a stack of pink slips to hand out to these Obama snakes.

VWAndy's picture

 A government employee investigating the government? lol  Might as well ask a pimp about his girls.

JRobby's picture

Day da best dat der iz!

Dilluminati's picture

damn, I don't know about that

I guess I can understand and allow Trump benefit of the doubt and to make the request for resignation thorough

I'm supporting Trump on this but wtf?

The guy put Huma and Weiner where they belonged in the tabloids and I can't fault the guy for that.

If this means Weiner skates I'm like no.. noooo


vato poco's picture

well, let's think this through. we think we know some good things about ol' Preet: he's looking hard at Pizzagate! he's looking hard at Hillary! he's looking hard at that laptop! he's thinking of going after Deblasio! etc etc

coupla notes about all that: a) notice how all that hard-ass upcoming prosecution is all hypothetical? b) even after, in some cases, YEARS of "looking at"? c) and who tells us all this 'looking at' bullshit? well, that'd be the state-run media, right? the same media that's been busted hard for political bias? the same media that's been busted for 'every single thing they report about Trump is a lie'. right?

here are the only 4 facts I actually know about Bharara, as confirmed by multiple sources from multiple ideological bents. 

1) Obama appointed him

2) Obama liked him so much, thought he was *such* a good little democrat soldier that he was on the shortlist to replace Holder as AG

3) Preet liked Obama so much he donated to his campaign

4) Preet was the guy who put Dinesh D'Souza in prison for a nickel-n-dime political donation infraction, which even Alan Dershowitz said was "selective prosecution", all while never quite getting around to putting Hillary, Bill, Barry, or Weiner in a courtroom.

so fuck preet bharara. go back to your fucking call center, india boy.

Dilluminati's picture

I'm wondering if he tried to play both sieds:

Brutal late election reopening of the emails on Hillary and maybe involved in trump tower bugging?

Surprised allot of people

I thught that Trump & him made nice at Trump tower, (laughing) Preet probably stuck the bug in the couch while he was there~

If he shit on both sides he needs to run for a public office fast or run for his life, run back to India maybe and write a tell-all book

needs to stay away from nail guns




Marge N Call's picture

Yes, now he has to go back to selling Slushies in Elizabeth.

True Blue's picture

Additionally (and am I the only one who sees this or what?) all the allegations that Trump 'wanted him to stay' are coming from one source -this guy. Yet, they are treated as gospel (at least by the author) I mean -he came up with 10 rhetorical questions and none of them were -"Would Parakeet (whatever) have anything to gain by claiming that Trump wanted him to stay in office?"

TheLastTrump's picture

Dinesh needs to go to Washington DC.

BobEore's picture

There is a very good reason that Bharara refused to resign = he knows the stakes which are being completely ignored by this post, along with all the rest of ONE MEDIA coverage/coverup. As mentioned in my comment previous today, the man is sitting upon the most explosive case of this young millennium; a case already put off to delayed trial date months away, because it was simply too hot for the incoming administration to handle - after being ortginally assigned to a January trial opening just after Trump's inaguration day.

It's also clear that the Trump who asked Preet to stay on in November is not the Trump who is being progressively sidelined by insiders working on behalf of the real power in D.C., and that he is no longer in charge of the agenda on calls like this. You can't get any real news on this for that simple reason - the fighting taking place behind closed doors over whether or not Reza Zarrab goes to trial is a bigger issue than all the rest of the messy  infighting which has had nothing more than distraction value over the last two months.

Ditto with the most important aspect of the Flynn Fiasco. The man was lobbying for Turkey and receiving large cash payments to use his influence to block the trial as well as push for the Gulen extradition. As I said in my previous comment here:

"Gulen is but a distraction; this is the main event which keeps the Aksaray lights on all night."

The ONEMEDIA has dumped the Reza Zarrab/Preet Bharara/GOLD FOR OIL story out of sight... as more dangerous than a Fukushima wild boar. So, I think it's time to go there. At last. / Parts One to Five now released.

BobEore's picture

Classic sTrumpista response...silence of the hams. When it comes time to foment an actual reply to the facts on hand, they go MIA.

"His office twice forced Citibank to pay substantial sums in 2012 and 2014 for pushing risky loans. In 2012 it also pursued, and won, a mortgage-fraud case against Bank of America.

Several of Bernie Madoff's associates we convicted as a result of Bharara's office's work. Madoff's bank, JPMorgan, forfeited $1.7 billion in a separate settlement."

Oops! Whose shillin for da man here? This is revenge of Wall St. Which apparently owns your brains as well as your ass, zheeple.

Rubes entralled by a shell game, while the sidemen work the audience for their wallets. Bang that button till the pain goes way!

Ignatius's picture

Didn't see that one comin'...

Nightjar's picture

Piss off foreigner

therealestg9's picture

This is the guy that went after Huma and Wiener. don't be so quick to dismiss him

rockstone's picture

Really? Which prison are they in?

Troy Ounce's picture


Preet prosecuted nearly 100 Wall Street executives,[7] -Wikipedia.

 No, he didn't.

He sat on 675 000 Huma emails that would have embarrassed his buddy Hillary Clinton and B. Obama.

Fuck off creep

MaxThrust's picture

"This is the guy that went after Huma and Wiener. "

Yeap and so far nothing has come of it.

TheLastTrump's picture

BS. This is the guy that went after a sex pervert and came up with a laptop with national security problems.

foodstampbarry's picture

Trump must read zerohedge. Time for brutal indeed.

chunga's picture

If Trump reads ZH I'd like to know why he hasn't fired Comey.

chunga's picture

My theory on Comey is different than y'all's, I think.

IndyPat's picture


In any case...let's have it.
You've proved to have a fairly sensitive bullshit sensor in the past, so I'm all ears.

chunga's picture

Comey's first investigation of Hill'rey began August 2015 and was closed in July 2016 almost a full year.

Comey re-opened the second investigation October 28 2016 and was closed ~ November 6 2016 under two weeks.

Trump "You can't review 650,000 emails in 8 days".

My suspicion is something happened there that Trump knows about and I think we might find out on March 20. It was just about a week ago Comey asked the DOJ to disclaim that Obama was directly involved in the wiretap at Trump Tower and they have not and I have a hunch that both Trump and Comey know they can't.

/edit to be moar clear/

The dems demanded to investigate election tampering specifically by Russia and they will try to confine the scope to Russia only. That's on March 20.  If Barkey spied on Trump that would be election tampering too. If Barkey or Lynch shut down Comey's 2nd investigation into pervert weiner's laptop, that would be electon tampering too. If Wasserman rigged the primaries that would be tampering. I know, if ifs and buts were candies and nuts...but the hearing could be a huge can of worms.

IndyPat's picture

Thanks for the rely and every bit of that makes a great deal of sense.

Particularly the timing aspects and what's NOT been said.
There's volumes between the lines.

TheLastTrump's picture

great points  re: election tampering


Look how fucking QUIET the Dems have gotten since last weekend when Trump shit on their bed.

William Dorritt's picture

Comey can't refuse to testify to congress if he is a govt employee, Trump may not be able to fire him, 10 year appointment ?

chunga's picture

I hadn't thought of the testify aspect but Bill Clinton teamed up with Janet Reno to fire FBI Director William Sessions in the early nineties.

IndyPat's picture

He can fire him.

Sessions can fire him.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"If Trump reads ZH I'd like to know why he hasn't fired Comey."

Because he cant.  Except in cases of blatant malfeasance, Comey cant be fired.  Thanks to J Edgar Hoover and his abuses, terms were limited to 10 years and not subject to removal for political know, to protect the "integrity" of the FBI....Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.  Well, one out of 3 is not bad

IndyPat's picture

A 2 yr old could make an extremely moving the case for Comey's blatant malfeasance.

TheLastTrump's picture

WRONG. The FBI director can and will be fired by AG Sessions at the direction of President Trump.


Only one other Fib director was fired, that was Bill Sessions by AG Reno.



TheLastTrump's picture

Maybe he knows something you don't?


And it's well beyond your pay grade?