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Trump administration ‘fired’ Preet Bharara

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 12, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend asked 46 U.S. Attorneys General who served under the Obama administration to immediately tender their resignations, according to the Department of Justice.

The call for resignations is not unusual for a new administration, but many attorneys general were caught off-guard by the abruptness of the request, having no indication that they were going to be let go.

Preet Bharara was among those high-profile federal prosecutors to get the axe—and just months after President Donald Trump asked Bharara to stay on as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “I did not resign,” Bharara tweeted Saturday. “Moments ago I was fired.”

Several other U.S. attorneys around the country did announce their resignations over the weekend, including... To get the full story, subscribe now.