|Published : 12 Mar 2017, 17:28:43|
Trump fires NY Attorney after refusing to resign
Manhattan federal prosecutor, known for handling corruption with an iron fist, said on Saturday that he was fired for not resigning.
US Attorney Preet Bharara made the announcement on Twitter amid reports that he wasn’t complying with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request on Friday to resign along with other prosecutors appointed by former President Obama, reports CBS News.
“I did not resign,” Bharara said on Twitter. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honour of my professional life.”
In a statement later, Bharara said: “Serving my country as US Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honour of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live. One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served.”
He said current Deputy US Attorney Joon H. Kim will serve as acting US attorney.
The Justice Department late Saturday confirmed Bharara was no longer US attorney but declined to expound.