Chuck Schumer said he was "troubled" to learn of the Trump administration's request for Bharara's and other USA attorneys' resignations, adding that the President initiated a call to him in November "and assured me he wanted Mr. Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District".
Bharara said in a tweet on Saturday "I did not resign".
But one who refused to resign, outspoken Manhattan prosecutor Preet Bharara (pronounced buh-RAH'-ruh), was summarily fired by Trump, Bharara confirmed on Saturday.
Bharara's office was in the middle of an investigation into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's political fundraising efforts in 2013 and 2014 as well as whether Fox News attempted to pay off employees who made allegations of sexual assault from its investors.
Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of NY, just tweeted that he has been fired.
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He said that Bharara's "integrity, tenacity and commitment to rooting out wrongdoing - whether in the boardroom, the halls of government or anywhere else - will be sorely missed".
Although it is customary for the 93 U.S. attorneys to leave their positions when a new President enters the office, the changes do not usually happen all at once.
In frequent public appearances, Bharara has decried public corruption after successfully prosecuting over a dozen state lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike.
Mr Bharara was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009.
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Several weeks after the election, Bharara met with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower and afterward said Trump had asked him to stay on.
According to CNN, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente informed Bharara of his firing.
Montana's U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter said he received a phone call from a Justice Department official telling him "the president has directed this".
"The way the Obama administration handled it was appropriate and respectful and classy", he said.
An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for crusading against public corruption has said he was sacked after refusing to resign. "What happened today on Friday, March 10, that was so important that all Obama appointees who are USA attorneys need to be gone?"
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