Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

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

Yuri Gripas  Reuters Yuri Gripas Reuters
Craig Ferguson | 14 March, 2017, 00:43

There is growing speculation among former prosecutors and others in the legal community that Bharara's replacement will be Marc Mukasey, a defense lawyer whose father served as attorney general under Republican President George W. Bush. "I was sacked. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life".

The one surprise was the firing of Preet Bharara, the now-former U.S. Attorney to the Southern District Court of NY, who was told by President Trump he wanted him to stick around.

Let's start with the basics. "Today's decision is a victory for fair markets and those who believe that the system should not be rigged", he said. These federal prosecutors weren't given advance notice or any kind of explanation.

This does not mean that the Trump administration intends to ignore certain categories of federal crimes.

Boente then called Bharara back and said Trump was firing him, the source said.

And this is where the story gets a little weird.

Preet Bharara, the newly fired USA attorney in Manhattan, has a brand-new Twitter account, an ax to grind, and lots of free time on his hands.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also questioned the timing of Bharara's firing, tweeting that Trump "wants a bunch of tame prosecutors who won't investigate him".

Sanders declined to answer questions about why Trump had changed his mind on Bharara, whether the president had made similar calls to other United States attorneys before demanding their resignations, and why the president did not try to convey his good wishes through an aide or by some other means.

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

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The high-profile USA attorney had been told after a meeting with Trump in November that he would stay on and felt blindsided by the move, sources told CNN.

Trump does not have a successor in place. It is part of what is a normally routine changing of top attorneys when a new president takes office.

At this point, there's no evidence to suggest we're looking at a new "purge" scandal, 10 years after the first one.

"I was extremely surprised and disappointed", Schumer said.

Friday's developments, at least for now, appear different.

President Trump is at the White House.

It was reported in November that Mr Bharara had met with Mr Trump for a discussion brokered by Senator Charles Schumer.

Bharara previously served as Schumer's chief counsel and was appointed USA attorney in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Why couldn't this have been done in a more orderly and less chaotic way? However, even if this was the motivation, attempts to derail an investigation would likely fail since the remaining experienced career investigators and prosecutors in the Southern District could move forward with a criminal prosecution, even in the absence of a confirmed US attorney.

Postscript: In 2013, after the Obama administration imposed sanctions on a number of Russians, Vladimir Putin quickly announced that 18 Americans would no longer be able to enter Russia.

Outside of public corruption, Bharara was perhaps best known for overseeing a wave of cases focused on insider trading.

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