US Attorney for the Southern New York District was investigating Trump’s Real Estate deals and many, many other issues that might push back against 45. Axios offered a great timeline. An astonishing Friday Night massacre as 46 US Attorneys were immediately fired by Jeff Sessions.
“Why did Trump insiders instantly know that the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” Preet Bharara of Manhattan, would be fired when he resisted President Trump’s resignation order to all the holdover U.S. attorneys?
There’s a school of thought that the whole purge was about Preet in the first place: He’s a maverick, his Southern District of New York is powerful, U.S. attorneys have significant independence, and he has jurisdiction over Trump Tower. And he recently launched a personal Twitter feed.
If Preet ever flexed his muscles to undermine Trump, he’d be hard to stop. Better to ax him when you can.
After news reports yesterday that the prosecutor was resisting, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente gave him a buzz. An administration official tattles that Preet “refused to admit that this applied to him.”
“As we talked to him and tried to reinforce that it did, he basically said: ‘I’m interpreting that to mean you’re firing me.'”
Preet then tweeted: “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired.””