Trump's Firing of 46 US Attorneys Isn't Unprecedented

Posted March 14, 2017

Senior Democrats have now suggested that the President was anxious about a potential investigation by Mr Bharara who made national headlines after investigating Sheldon Silver, the long time speaker of the New York State Assembly for taking millions of dollars in payoffs. He has been overseeing a probe into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising. Given his history with the investigation of the removal of seven USA attorneys by President George W. Bush, Bharara must know that elections have consequences, especially for political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president.

A source told CNN that Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente called Bharara on Saturday to ask if it was true that he was refusing to resign, and Bharara told him yes.

In a statement Friday, Schumer said he was "troubled" to learn of the Trump administration's request for Bharara's and other USA attorneys' resignations, adding that Trump "assured him" he wanted Bharara to continue to serve as United States attorney. But they are usually given warning to allow for an adequate transition.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview airing Sunday that he has not seen anything to suggest former President Obama wiretapped President Donald Trump during the 2016 election - but that what Mr. Trump tweets is "outside of [his] control" and that the congressional investigation will clear up the truth.

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The freakish insinuation came as the network was bemoaning the firing of Obama-appointed US Attorney Preet Bharara. In November, Bharara met with Trump and his nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and said he had "agreed to stay on" after conversations with both. 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 Magazine reported on Sunday that Rupert Murdoch, News Corp (NWSA) CEO and former chief executive of 21 Century Fox (FOXA), could benefit from Bharara's exit. Kim is not expected to depart significantly from Bharara, a longtime colleague and friend, and is well familiarized with all of the office's major ongoing cases and investigations. In between, he was a partner at the Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton law firm. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Bharara stoked theories that he got sacked for reasons having to do with his reputation for going after corrupt politicians when he tweeted: 'By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like'.

The implication, as most interpreted it, was that Bharara had something on the president.

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United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a news conference on the extradition of suspected worldwide arms dealer Viktor Bout to New York from Thailand, in New York November 17, 2010.

However, Bharara's office did state they would take up the work that Moreland had begun, given that the Moreland commission had been in the middle of investigations when it was prematurely abolished.

Unlike Bharara and his former bosses in the Obama administration, Sessions advocates trying foreign militants before military commissions instead of in civilian courts.

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