Trump administration asks Preet Bharara and 45 U.S. attorneys to quit

14 March, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Jeff Sessions may order independent investigation of Barack Obama's Department of Justice

Bharara and 45 other USA prosecutors appointed by former President Barack Obama had been asked by the Trump administration to resign immediately.

"She's a woman who knows what she wants and knows what she's doing", the voiceover says to audience laughter. He also criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for receiving millions for paid speeches to Goldman and other financial firms.

Warren's tweets mirrored the suspicions of another lawmaker, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who said Sunday morning he believed Trump was trying to destroy potential threats to his power.

"I would be very surprised if the replacement for the USA attorney a., had anything to do with particular cases or investigations and, b., would result in decision-making that was affected by politics", said Schwartz.

The resignation requests were confirmed by a Justice Department spokesperson, including Bharara whose office looks after some of the most critical business and criminal cases that pass through the federal judicial system, according to Reuters. His statement came about 24 hours after the Department of Justice asked the 46 USA attorneys remaining as holdovers from the Obama administration to step down.

Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman and top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, said that the call "still means the president was either unaware of the prohibitions on contacts between the White House and DOJ officials, or he ignored them, and either is an indictment of Don McGahn".

In the short-term, the office will be headed by acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim.

"While it's true that presidents from both parties made their own choices for US attorney positions across the country, they have always done so in an orderly fashion that doesn't put ongoing investigations at risk", the New York Democrat said.

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In fact, Sessions himself was among those 93 USA attorneys who were fired by Reno.

The U.S. attorneys were mostly holdovers from President Barack Obama's administration. "Moments ago I was sacked", Bharara announced on Twitter, ending an intriguing stand-off that may have begun with a phone call from the White House to his office Thursday.

Levien had the same idea of Bharara joining the television show in some way, tweeting: "Writing staff?" "Media "Double Standard at Play" in Coverage of U.S. Attorney Firings", a representative LifeZette headline read.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to replace so many sitting attorneys at once, has raised eyebrows in Washington. The White House on Sunday said the president reached out to thank Bharara for his service and to wish him good luck.

He also went a long way toward making Governor Cuomo a reasonably honest man-rather than the scheming manipulator he was for much of his first term-by scolding him for his premature disbanding of the Moreland Commission in March 2013.

Mr. Bharara's tenure as U.S. Attorney was marked by his willingness to follow cases where they took him and regardless of his targets' political affiliations.

A replacement choice would be Marc Mukasey, a defense lawyer whose father served as attorney general under George W. Bush.

Anyway, it's possible this is all a huge, insane coincidence, and there's nothing insidious about Bharara's firing and potential replacement by a Fox News ally.

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