Preet Bharara Fans Speculation He Was Probing Trump When He Was Fired

Tyler Durden's picture

There may have been much more to the termination of US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, than meets the casual glance.

According to Reuters, which cites a law enforcement source, two days before U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired on Saturday, the high-profile New York prosecutor declined to take a call from President Donald Trump.  Bharara reportedly contacted the DOJ for authorization to speak to the president on Thursday - one day before the DOJ announced it had requested all Obama-era attorneys to hand in their resignations. When he apparently did not receive it, Reuters adds that he called back the woman who had contacted him to say "he did not want to talk to Trump without the approval of his superiors."

As reported previously, Bharara - in his role as chief federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York - oversaw several notable corruption and white-collar criminal cases and prosecutions of terrorism suspects. He was one of 46 Obama administration holdovers who were asked to resign by the Justice Department on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, Bharara tweeted that he had been fired after he defied the request to resign. The move was a surprise because Bharara told reporters in November that Trump had asked him to remain in the job. 

As Reuters also notes, the DOJ would not comment on reports of Bharara's contacts with Trump representatives and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' office in the days before his firing. The White House had no comment on Sunday on any contacts with Bharara.

Among some of Bharara recent caseflow, he was most notably overseeing a probe into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising. Bharara said his deputy, Joon Kim, would serve as his temporary replacement.

More importantly, in light of recent speculation that Trump terminated Bharara due to an alleged investigation into Trump himself, Reuters' source declined comment on whether or not the office had any active investigations related to Trump. On Wednesday, three watchdog groups asked Bharara to take steps to prevent the Trump Organization from receiving benefits from foreign governments that might enrich Trump, who has not given up ownership of the business.

Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer who leads one of the groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, questioned the timing of the firings. "I do believe that something odd happened," he said. "You don't decide to keep 46 folks on, then suddenly demand their immediate exit, without some precipitating cause or causes."


Democrat Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said on Sunday it was the president's prerogative to fire U.S. attorneys. But he questioned why Trump had suddenly changed his mind on keeping Bharara. "I'm just curious as to why that is," Cummings said on ABC's "This Week" program. "Certainly, there's a lot of questions coming up as to whether ... President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might affect his future."

In a cryptic follow up tweet on Sunday afternoon, his first since announcing his termination, Bharara said he tweeted Sunday that he now understood what the “Moreland Commission” felt like.

The tweet appears to be a jab at Trump; with many immediately hinting the reference to the commission as suggesting the president fired Bharara because he was looking into possible corruption in the administration.

As the Hill summarizes, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption focused on investigating possible corruption activities in New York. Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ran it until Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down the anticorruption panel while it was investigating allegations that the Democratic governor interfered with one of its investigations.

Many belive the powerful politician dismantled the Moreland Commission for investigating him.

For now, the mystery over why Trump fired Bharara after asking him to stay on just three months ago, remains.

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Last of the Middle Class's picture

and in other news water is wet. Another in a long line of innuendo bullshit no substance libtard propaganda articles. Waste of bits and bytes

peanuts's picture

just follow George Webb's youube updates on Preet Bhahara....all you need to know about this establishment shill....

Blazing in BC's picture

Seems like there is plenty of opportunity for ex postal employees to make a name for themselves these days.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Just because he "oversaw" several notable corruption and white-collar criminal cases does not mean he was actively trying to find and jail the guilty. He could just as easily been covering up.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

Taking down the MSM has got to be Job 1.  By Patriots if necessary.  They are, in fact, the Enemy of the Republic.

mvsjcl's picture

This puppet is being controlled by strings.

kiwimail's picture

One word.  BULLSHIT!

buzzsaw99's picture

we could all learn a lot from india. lulz

thank you for calling dell, this is preet, how may i assist you?

rockstone's picture

"Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer who leads one of the groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, questioned the timing of the firings. "I do believe that something odd happened," he said. "You don't decide to keep 46 folks on, then suddenly demand their immediate exit, without some precipitating cause or causes."

Fuckin A right Norm. Something odd has happened. The whole place is leaking like the Titanic and the old regime won't let go.
Why keep 46 people you know you aren't keeping for longer another second more?

You really didn't believe Sessions wasn't going to make some heads roll?

Sir John Bagot Glubb's picture

Answer to your question:  In investigating the leaks, Trump has discovered that they come from US Atty Offices...........and this Preet or Prick guy's office in particular........

Sessions has to be careful because he doesn't know who's a good guy and who isn't.  Virtually impossible to ferret out the bad guys I should think.  

The John Birch Society was always right.  They always said we'd be taken down by traitors from within.  It was that, the Federal Reserve and the Gold Standard.  Those are the 3 principles of the JBS since the 1950s.  

IndyGoldWing's picture

I'm shocked the MSM didn't go full retard and claim that all 46 that were asked to tender resignations were deeply involved in the Russo-Orange Man collusion investigation. But maybe that's still coming.

Oh Crap's picture

It's not like they need the exta help thinking this shit up Indy.

Seasmoke's picture

This Globalist dot head, should have been fired a long time ago. Actually he never should have been hired in first place by the Mack Daddy.

VWAndy's picture

 Reality disconnect baby.

gatorengineer's picture

I will say it now.  Sessions needs to go and be replaced by Ted Cruz.  Sessions should have advised Trump to fire this ass hat on day one.  Ted may be an asshole, but that position needs one.

Omega_Man's picture


cheech_wizard's picture

Attorneys have fans? What a crock of proverbial vomit, piss, blood, and Podesta spooge...


Joe Wazzzz's picture

What do you call the resignation of all the Obama attorney general holdovers? A good start.

Robert Trip's picture

Our President Trump is like a giant cattle prod, just ramming it right up there to these people that deserve it, such as this Preet asshole whose only claim to fame was successfully protecting that bitch Clinton.


Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) Mar 12, 2017 5:21 PM

Bye dooosh.

Now, can we finally move on "lock her up"?

Ohh and on weiner... release the fucking hounds!

B1G mNy's picture

Screw you! You got fired. Just leave and shut up. B$

Hapa's picture

The guy has been clearly pulling for the globalist, deep state agenda and wasn't going to prosecute any kingpins or move on pedogate.  Let's hope Trump team has been busy getting someone in place that will forestall the shredding of evidence as Preet exits.

AgentScruffy's picture

It's common practice for presidents to flush out all the attorneys put in place by the previous administration. 

P.B. sounds like he wants to position himself as a victim. In our topsy-turvy culture victimhood is conflated with heroism. 

Robert Trip's picture

Our Preet has turned into a matyr for the liberal cause having stood up to the beast Trump by refusing to resign.

He will be forever ensconced in the annals of the New York Slimes, Huffington "you're toast baby" Post and S.E.E.N.N as a true patriot and an outstanding legal representative of the people.

As long as we have 51% and the libs have 49% I don't give a fuck what this asshole does.



Quinvarius's picture

The never ending libtard fantasies.

Sir John Bagot Glubb's picture

It took these Democrat Commie Fascists 48 hours to come up with this excuse for why a person guilty of insubordination got shit-canned?  Not very creative.  

joego1's picture

Whats all the Preeting about?

kingcobra's picture

It is unbelieveable what a racist country this has become after the orange turd became the president after getting help from Putin. ZH is full of closet racist rats who are spewing hatred against the non whites. But then this is probably the DNA of this country, they hated the Jews, Italians, Irish, Poles ....any new group..  


Shame on you Trumpeteers who have been so blinded by hate because a Black man was in your White house for 8 years. Lets see where we are after 4 years....this presidency will be death march for the Republican party as we know it. You frigging rasicst bigots are alienating yourselves from the New America and are going to get creamed 

Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) kingcobra Mar 12, 2017 6:06 PM

Fuck you!

This is fight club, you dumb, honkey, nigger, dyke, kike, spic, faggot, and any and all things I can say to whoort your whiitle fweewlings.

This ain't a safe space snowflake.

So you don't like trump?

Think we would be better with clinton and cgi?

Oh that's right, they closed shop right quick after election loss...

What is your point besides saying your feelings are hurt?

New America? Please tell what that is...

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

I couldn't care about the color of a man's skin- it was his ANTI AMERICAN stance on all things political that got the voters upset- troll.

indygo55's picture

You're the one making it a racial issue asshole. Trump hired more minorities then you ever did and I don't even know you. And OH by the way, they took the fucking job, did the work and got paid for it. So if you don't like ',,,us blinded by hate because a black man was in "our" white house', what ever that means, then go fuck yourself and start blogging on CNN. Oh, I forgot, they disabled the comment section because they probably are so racist. LOL




strayaway's picture

Under Obama, black incomes, home ownership rates, and personal wealth declined relative to those of whites. Under Obama, racial harmony measurably declined. If anyone in the KKK had brains, they would have supported Obama in 2012 to maximize the continued destruction of the black community.

Oh Crap's picture

Now you're just amusing, so gaan huis toe jy stink hopie kak, ek is klaar met jou


Apeon's picture

It was not because he was 1/2 black, it was because he was ALL 'never done nuthin'

dcmbuffy's picture

i can say i voted for obama twice- he was the better man- and - i wanted change- and i still want change-i voted for trump- we are so far from where we need to be- you want to stay here? change-

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Mafia Don strikes again, Have you no shame 45 ? Sad !!!!!!

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

And did Clinton have shame when he fired all previous appointeees?

The lady doth protest too much, methinks
Old Pecksniff's picture

Sure.  Preet let the Wall Street banker gangsters off scot-free.  The exploding sub prime mortgage-backed bonds was one the greatest crime sprees of all time.

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

"Preet Bharara Fans Speculation He Was Probing Trump When He Was Fired"

Sure they do- more fake news- BULLSHIT!

(He did, by the way, let the VERY OBVIOUS pay to paly scheme called the Clinton (Crime) Family Foundation, walk without charges?????)

GoldHermit's picture

Don't be cryptic- if you have an accusation make it. Otherwise fade away.

chisler's picture

Bharara said his deputy, Joon Kim, would serve as his temporary replacement.Then he got fired as well. Check mate!

Infinite QE's picture

LOL. He'll be offered a free pizza franchise in NYC for his providing protection.

Reaper's picture

Misinformation.  Bharara did not run Moreland Commission (A NY State entity) when it was dissolved, he was US Attorney.   This "firing" is scripted theater from which Bharara will emerge as NYC mayor candidate, or if Cuomo removed, as governor candidate.

FoggyWorld's picture

And if that doesn't work out, he will run for Mayor of NYC.

prymythirdeye's picture

Too bad Preet's gone.  He was so successful in taking down Blankfein and Dimon and the criminal, fraudulent enterprises they head.