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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FoggyWorld's picture

And the Clinton Foundation and Anthony Weiner.  Never got around to getting those folks nabbed.

atthelake's picture

When Bill Clinton came into office, he fired 93 out of 94 US attornies. Why does this guy think he's special? This is what happens in a new administration. Get over it.

Mareka's picture

"Two days before U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired, President Donald Trump tried to call the high-profile New York prosecutor in what a White House official said was an effort to "thank him for his service and to wish him good luck."

But a U.S. law enforcement official said Bharara declined to take the call, placed on Thursday, saying he DID NOT WANT TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF HIS SUPERIORS".

Herein lies the problem.

Who the hell does Bharara consider to be his "superiors" if it is not the president of the United States.

JailBanksters's picture

Nothing like a good probing ...

But to do that, you need justification and who ordered him to do that ?

You don't probe somebody to see if there's any justification for probing them to justify any legal action.

Why not just ask the CIA, they're all in the same Club ?


Cassandra.Hermes's picture

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.

Wilcox1's picture

doj silence is the tell-all. They made the wiretapp happen. This prete fucker prolly the one with his ear on the wire. Damndest thing I ever saw when a dyed in the wool Constitutional Conservative like our President of US(A) Donald Trump has to cotton to the possibility of these faux progressive shitsticks carrying a rail into town, much less the idea they will bind him to it. doj is oxymoron. Get Out!! All of ya'll. Nearest Exit!! No Coat!! And replacement doj employees: Leave your politics back home with mommy. If you can't do that, find another line of work.

DeathingerStar's picture

Go catch a pedo, you dickless POS!

knotjammin2's picture

The only thing he was probing was Schumer's ass!!

artichoke's picture

Unethical comment by Bharara, hinting at the existence of an investigation that has not produced an indictment.  He should be liable for defamation.

Oh Crap's picture

By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.

Funny how it's taken Bharara three years to figure out what felt like to be on the Moreland Commission when he was in fact the head of the Moreland Commission.

Time4Change's picture

Im sure it as at the request of  AG Sessions wanting to get rid of ALL Obama appointees to put a stopper on some of the leaks. Pres Trump asked him to stay on prior to his swearing in. And once its his to run its his to ask for resignations. Let them bleed a story out of this all they want. We all know whats going on here. Just a bunch morons who dont know how to lose and having a meltdown for all the world to see and laugh at.  Like Russias Press Secretary said in an interview w/CNN, they think these allegations against them are FAKE NEWS  to take the cameras off the Clintons. There was  no way they could steal our elections..

Fasterpill's picture

Fake news. Dems are trolling us.

Rolln's picture

Trump has too many people gunning for him. Only a matter of time before the truth comes out. This wont end well for him, or anyone else for that matter...

tbone10's picture

This so called president has only begun to be undermined by this countries real Patriots...Good luck shitbag in Chief!

bankbob's picture

In Liberal Land being fired is a positive thing.  And, blaming Trump is a perfect excuse.


What a Maroon.