U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Refuses to Resign Despite Trump Administration’s Demand

Preet Bharara last year. On Friday, Mr. Bharara was asked to step down along with 45 other United States attorneys. (Credit: Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times)
Preet Bharara last year. On Friday, Mr. Bharara was asked to step down along with 45 other United States attorneys. (Credit: Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times)

Preet Bharara, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is refusing the Trump administration’s demand to resign, according to multiple reports Saturday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday asked 46 attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, including Bharara.

“HOLDOVER: Bharara is not submitting his resignation, according to several ppl briefed – WH not responding to what they’ll do next,” the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman tweeted Saturday.

CNN’s Jake Tapper also reported that Bharara was refusing to resign.

Brian Kolb, the New York State Assembly’s Republican leader, tweeted his support of Bharara in the wake of the reports.

https://twitter.com/GOPLdrBrianKolb/status/840606962551271424

The Justice Department (DOJ) announced Friday that Sessions called for the former attorneys to resign. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the DOJ.

The call for resignations applies to all Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys, including Bharara.

It came as a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.

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The Hill