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Trump Fires Wall Street Enforcer Bharara Who Refused to Resign

12 March 2017

On November 30, President Trump asked Mr. Bharara to stay on as the US attorney in Manhattan after the two met in NY.

On Friday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the 46 remaining us attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign.

But Bharara, who has become a formidable force for justice in NY, stood his ground and stated that he had no intention of resigning.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement late Friday saying: "I'm surprised to hear that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have abruptly fired all 46 remaining USA attorneys. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life", he tweeted.

Bharara, a former chief counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer, served for seven years and pursued high-profile cases against Wall Street tycoons accused of insider trading and elected officials and their aides accused of public corruption. On March 3, Bharara separated his personal Twitter account from an official Twitter account he has maintained for years - a step his office told reporters was needed because of a new Justice Department regulation requiring some indication of his title in official accounts.

He has yet to make any public statement about the firing that came barely three months after a Trump Tower meeting where he was asked by the President-elect to stay on the job.

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Bharara was also the first and only Obama appointee to have been asked till then continue, which is not altogether rare.

The Southern District of NY, the high profile post to which Obama appointed Bharara in 2009, includes the Manhattan and Bronx boroughs as well as neighbouring areas just north of the city.

Later Friday, another Justice Department spokesman, Peter Carr, said Trump had asked two to stay on - current acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente and the man he picked to take over that position, Rod Rosenstein.

The Justice Department has 93 US attorneys covering 94 districts. Bharara, who has earned the reputation of a "crusader" prosecutor, had met Trump in November after his electoral victory.

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the resignation of all 46 U.S. attorneys remaining as holdovers from the Obama administration, except for two.

A request for comment to the White House on who initially asked for Bharara to stay on board was not immediately returned, though Schumer's office put out a statement shortly after the news broke on Friday expressed concern with the decision.