Attorney General Jeff Sessions Seeks Resignations of 46 US Att
- Author: Todd Kelly Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:23
"In January, I met with Vice President Pence and White House Counsel Donald McGahn and asked specifically whether all USA attorneys would be fired at once", the California senator said in a statement.
"While it's true that presidents from both parties made their own choices for USA attorney positions across the country, they have always done so in an orderly fashion that doesn't put ongoing investigations at risk", the New York Democrat said.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday has asked the 46 chief federal prosecutors from Obama administration to tender their resignation, including Bharara. The news came a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 politically-appointed us attorneys, according to news reports.
Bharara had reportedly met Trump on November 30, after which the attorney had said that the duo had a "good meeting" and he had agreed to continue in Trump's administration.
Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor in Manhattan since 2009, says he's been fired.
O'Callaghan, a Republican and former assistant United States attorney, and Marc Mukasey are two lawyers mentioned as replacements for Bharara, who was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday after he refused to step down. Not least because Trump has yet to put forward any candidates to fill the posts. I said that I would absolutely consider staying on.
Bharara had previously told reporters that Trump had asked him to stay on.
"I want to thank the fantastic people of the Southern District of NY, the greatest public servants in the world, for everything they do each day in pursuit of justice".
"I did not resign", Bharara tweeted.
Mr. Bharara was responsible for several large districts in NY, including Trump's longtime borough of Manhattan, Westchester, the Bronx, and more.
Cummings conceded that the president has the prerogative to dismiss USA attorneys at will, before noting that President Trump initially asked Bharara to stay on as US attorney during the transition.
"I think that, again, what has been happening is that there is an air of distrust that has been brought on by President Trump himself", he added.
Nicknamed the "Sheriff of Wall Street", Bharara's jurisdiction covered New York's financial district putting him in the limelight as he prosecuted more than 100 finance executives for criminal activities like stock trading irregularities using insider information.
The Department of Justice and Sessions also have oversight over the SDNY's work, lawyers said.
One day after he was sacked from his job as U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara likened the move to a 2014 decision to pull the plug on an investigative commission that was looking at corruption in Albany.
Cummings told ABC News' This Week on Sunday he wasn't convinced Trump didn't fire him to keep the heat off his tail.
The top federal prosecutors in the states, there are 93 US attorneys and all serve at the pleasure of the president.
But Bharara and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both stated that President Donald Trump asked Bharara to remain in his position. The past few administrations typically purged most or all of the 93 USA attorneys within a year or so.