Rachel Maddow reports on the sudden, unexpected purge of 46 U.S. attorneys from the Justice Department, including Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, who has been asked personally by Donald Trump to stay on.
I did not resign. "Serving my country as US attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live".
"I said I would absolutely consider staying on".
Bharara had then become the third Indian American invited by Trump to join his administration after SC governor Nikki Haley who was appointed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Seema Verma for medicaid and medicare services.
Bharara had been one of 46 holdover Obama appointees who were told by the acting deputy attorney general on Friday to tender their resignations.
Within his or her district, the US attorney is the most visible representative of the Department of Justice, and is often the lead liaison for the USA attorney general when dealing with state and local officials and law enforcement personnel. What's more, Trump himself placed a call to Bharara last week. Bharara even met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower during the transition and said he would stay. "It's important to have consistency and uniformity in matters like this".
"Good for Preet, he is doing the job he was appointed to do!"
President Bill Clinton's administration sought the resignation of all 93 USA attorneys in the weeks after taking office in 1993. The quick exits aren't expected to have a major impact on ongoing prosecutions, but they gave USA attorneys little time to prepare deputies who will take over until successors are named.
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Several officials familiar with the matter told NBC News that Bharara was certain Trump wanted him to stay on.
The president has also been facing significant problems with getting his cabinet members approved, facing strong opposition from the Democrats. As long as that's what someone over at Fox says, I guess we shouldn't question it.
More than that, one little-known fact is that the brother of New York Senator Chuck Schumer is employed at Paul, Weiss. As National Review put it, "The U.S. attorney exercises the president's power and can be removed at the president's will". Schiff said The committee plans to take the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other top officials, before the congress in an open hearing on March 20, where questions regarding the wiretapping claims will be made, Schiff said.
"The Senate will now have to carefully evaluate the President's selected replacements", the Vermont Democrat said.
"More GOP & Dems respect Preet Bharara as a fearless prosecutor who stands up to both parties & Wall Street". He will also leave behind a legacy of aggressively prosecuting political corruption.
Senate-confirmed prosecutors are usually asked to resign during a change of administration.
But Mr Bharara was a unique case: the Indian-born prosecutor known for his toughness and for remaining untethered to politics or party had been assured by the president-elect that he could keep his job.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined "Fox & Friends Weekend" to talk about the Bharara's firing.