Schumer 'Disappointed' After US Attorney Preet Bharara Removed From Office

Posted March 14, 2017

Reports state that when an official contacted Bharara to tender his resignation, the U.S. attorney was left confused whether the person asking him to resign was aware that Trump has asked him to remain in office.

The Justice Department, which is led by Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, called on Bharara and 45 other federal prosecutors, appointed by former President Barack Obama, to resign on Friday. After his post-election results meeting with Trump, Bharara had told reporters that the president-elect wanted him to stay on the job presumably because he's a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years.

Other law firms we could see Bharara joining, based on their reputation in the white collar defense area, as well as the attorney make-up (including lawyers who once worked in Bharara's office) include: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Kirkland & Ellis, WilmerHale, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dechert, and Boies Schiller & Flexner. He refused, and was sacked on Saturday. Although he has his fans in the NY legal community, I remember when he subpoenaed Reason Magazine for the names of commenters who had made over-the-top (but not actionable) comments about a federal judge Bharara practiced before - and then banned Reason from publicizing the subpoena by subjecting them to a gag order.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he was "troubled" with Trump's decision to ask for the resignation of Bharara and the other USA attorneys.

This was after the President, through his assistant, tried to call Bharara on Thursday and left a voice mail, a source familiar with the call told CNN.

His Tweet over the weekend confirmed as much when he wrote, "I did not resign".

"His relentless drive to root out corruption, to lock up terrorists, to take on Wall Street and stand up for what is right should be a model for USA attorneys in the years to come", he said on Sunday. Yesterday, he offered this tart observation that sent NY State politics nerds into a frenzy: "By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like".

Coffee said a Republican administration would be more likely to favor prosecuting suspected terrorists and racketeers than banks, pharmaceutical companies and public corruption.

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A senior administration official told CNN that Bharara was asked for his resignation along with every other United States attorney except for Boente and and the nominee to be his replacement as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, "because of uniformity".

New presidential administrations traditionally replace federal prosecutors at the outset of their terms, but President Trump's team is receiving considerable negative attention compared to prior White Houses, a Washington Free Beacon analysis shows.

Bharara then called Trump's assistant to say he could not speak with the President, citing protocols governing a president's direct contact with federal prosecutors.

Alberto R. Gonzales served as U.S. Attorney General and White House Counsel for six years in the George W. Bush administration.

Given Bharara's role as guardian of NY justice, it wasn't surprising when, shortly after the presidential election, it was widely announced that Bharara would be keeping his position after the Trump transition.

In November, Trump met privately with Bharara and asked the attorney to continue in his role.

It is not unusual for presidents to appoint loyalists to numerous 93 US Attorney positions across the nation.