Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the us attorney for the Southern District of New York, was sacked Saturday after refusing to comply with the Trump administration's request to resign, according to the New York Times.
The 46 Obama holdovers represent about half of all 93 U.S. attorneys.
"I did not resign", Bharara tweeted Saturday. "Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life", he said, referring to his role as the chief federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY. After the meeting, he had said, "We had a good meeting". I agreed to stay on.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' request that Obama-appointed attorneys quit was met with shock and dismay by pundits, many of whom argued Friday night that doing so was a poor decision.
The Justice Department's call for resignations from the Obama holdovers is not unusual: President Bill Clinton asked all 93 us attorneys to resign on the same day. Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during the prior presidential administration, the Justice Department said Friday, March 10, 2017.
The Friday move by the Justice Department was to ask for the resignations of all remaining USA attorney's appointed by Obama. After Bharara refused to resign, he was sacked by Trump on Saturday. Bharara is also conducting an investigation into Fox News.
Previous year he announced charges against 120 people from rival New York street gangs who were snared in an operation Bharara had said was "believed to be the largest gang takedown in New York City history".
"It's time for the Trump administration to purge these saboteurs before it's too late", Hannity said.
Last April, Bharara pledged to concentrate on the executive branch, and subsequently brought federal charges against some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top donors and aides, securing indictments in November. Rosenstein, the USA attorney for the District of Maryland, is Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general.
In fact, she continued, "In January, I met with Vice President Pence and White House Counsel Donald McGahn and asked specifically whether all US attorneys would be fired at once".
A statement from Schumer at the time suggested that the notion originated with Trump.
President Barack Obama kept USA attorney Rod Rosenstein of Maryland, who was appointed under the Bush administration. "I told him I thought Preet was great, and I would be all for keeping him on the job and fully support it".
Bharara added some dramatic flair to his dismissal by refusing to grant the administration's request that he offer his resignation. Trump people are spinning that this is a result of the deteriorating relationship, but this was not a favor Schumer asked of Trump. It also came the same week that government watchdogs wrote to Mr. Bharara and urged him to investigate whether Mr. Trump had violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars federal officials from taking payments from foreign governments.
Bharara said that he was asked to stay acting as the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY when he paid a visit to Trump Tower in November. Check back for updates.