Fire Me: U.S. Attorney In Manhattan Reportedly Refuses To Resign [UPDATED]

Bharara,_Preet_HeadshotThe United States Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, appears to believe that he is working for a different branch of government.  After Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of all U.S. Attorneys, a standard change of political appointees in a new Administration, Bharara reportedly indicated that President Donald Trump would have to fire him.  Just as with the bizarre conduct of Sally Yates as Acting Attorney General, Bharara has shown a curious understanding of this position and his obligations as a federal officer.  If these media reports are true, President Trump should immediately accommodate him and Bharara will have to explain to future employers how he justifies such an unfounded stance. [Update: Bharara has been fired]

I sincerely hope that the reports are not true or that Bharara quickly reconsiders and gets his letter of resignation in today.  This is not the way to close a successful career as U.S. Attorney.  In the end, I am not sure what the basis for refusing a letter of resignation is. Bharara seems a rebel without a cause.

New Administrations (particularly with a change of party) often demand such resignations — though many political appointees do not wait to be asked.  Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 were appointed by President Obama.  There are career deputies who take over during the interim in these offices.  The decision to ask for resignations depends on the president.  Bill Clinton did so (including asking Jeff Sessions to resign) while George W. Bush gradually replaced U.S. Attorneys.

Ironically, presidents will sometimes ask for global resignations from political appointees only to decline to accept some on an individual basis.  Bharara’s action guaranteed that he would not be one of them.  US Attorneys Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein did submit their letters and appear to have to told that the president has decline to accept their resignations.  We will never know of Bharar might have been on that short list because he placed himself on an even shorter list in refusing to resign.

Bharara reportedly felt blindsided by the move and earlier spoke to Trump at Trump Tower.  He said that Trump directed Bharara to go out to the cameras and tell them, “I asked you to stay.”  Ok, even that is true, what professional standard is Bharara relying on for this obstructive position?  Bharara has no claim to this political position or right to demand to remain in the position.    According to news reports, Bharara indicated that Sen. Chuck Schumer wanted him to continue and the President agreed.  Again, that does not change the fact that he serves at the pleasure of the president.

The Washington Post reported that Bharara first asked for clarification if the demand for resignations applied to him.  However, other media outlets like Jake Tapper at CNN are reporting that he refused to submit the letter.

If true, the demand to be fired would be astonishingly unprofessional and frankly juvenile for a high-ranking prosecutor.  Bharara has assembled an impressive record as U.S. Attorney and he would tarnish both that record and his office with this position. He should be fired without delay if indeed he has refused and I would hope that such a position would weigh heavily in any future consideration for public office or appointment.

180 thoughts on “Fire Me: U.S. Attorney In Manhattan Reportedly Refuses To Resign [UPDATED]

    • Then why not just resign? Bharara wants to be more well-known from this incident. Never trust anybody who comes from the corrupt orbit of Schumer. Bharara was dragging his feet on Clinton Foundation and Weiner investigations. And no individual prosecutions of criminals from Wall St. I wouldn’t have confidence in him either.

    • This administration will not be trying its best to take our Country down! The radical BO will go down as the worst President ever in the USA. He took eight years to add thousands of regulations, trillions to the debt, the loss of millions of jobs and God knows what else. He lied about keeping our Dr’s with health insurance and it will come out that he was involved in offices being wire tapped, that will be just the tip of the iceburg of all the corruption that is BO. That man tried to destroy our country not just transform and screw it up. But we have a President that has done more in two months than BO’s 8 years. The dressed up Vagina’s and their wussy hubbies can keep Marching it’s just more of the same fodder for the rest of us.

  1. Chuckyboy Schumer likes this dork. Never trust any politician who wears the eyeglasses down on the end of his nose like Chuckyboy.

  2. THE U.S. NAZI GOVERNMENT

    According to U.S. and International Law all the U.S. / Israeli invasions are Wars of Aggression, War Crimes.
    These are the same crimes the Nazis committed.
    Millions have been murdered & maimed due to these invasions.
    Washington, DC = Nazi Berlin

    AG Jeff Sessions is a Supreme War Criminal having voted to attack Iraq in 2002.
    As a conspirator in initiating the Iraq war Sessions is also guilty of innumerable War Crimes that have happened there since.

    • Trump wanted Bharara out because he investigates and prosecutes White Collar crimes. Banksters and politicians are too corrupt to fail

  3. Zionist Nazi Jew Sen. Chuck Schumer is also a Supreme War Criminal having voted to attack Iraq in 2002.
    As a conspirator in initiating the Iraq war Schumer is also guilty of innumerable War Crimes that have happened there since.

    Zionist Nazi Schumer is part of the ‘Greater Israel’ plan.

    Here is the reason for 9/11 and the illegal U.S. / Israeli Wars;
    – the Zionist “Greater Israel” plan –
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

    Israel, Zionist Jews & American Traitors did 9/11.
    9/11 Truth could end the Illegal U.S. / Israeli Wars & Palestinian Apartheid.

    Recent Christopher Bollyn in Detroit!
    The Government and the Media have Lied to us. The ‘War on Terror’ is a Hoax, a Fraud.
    “If the government and media are lying to us about 9/11, it means they are controlled by the same people who carried out 9/11”

  4. the demand to be fired would be astonishingly unprofessional and frankly juvenile for a high-ranking prosecutor. Bharara has assembled an impressive record as U.S. Attorney and he would tarnish both that record and his office with this position. He should be fired without delay if indeed he has refused and I would hope that such a position would weigh heavily in any future consideration for public office or appointment.

    Spoken like a person who has a lifetime job and cannot be fired: JT, you’re just like a Supreme Court Justice in the ivory tower.

  5. He’s nort a rebel without a cause…he’s a rebel without a clue – typical Democrat – Hillary supporter – two brain cells to rub together and still can’t make a spark…

  6. Many presidents have gone on a firing spree when they take office. Clinton fired 93. Bush fired 88 and Reagan fired 89. Clinton fired them quicker than Bush & Reagan but that’s a minor difference.

    The point is this is very common and the media wouldn’t make much of it if it wasn’t Trump

  7. Seems petty to bother to admonish a fellow attorney for making a conscious choice to be fired by an administration that has never done anything to garner the appropriate respect for the office of a President who is both imbecilic and of such opprobrious character as to not be considered President at all to a large portion of the population. Rather note the fact perhaps that it would not be your method or approach but “with respect” which, in your pettiness you have done damage to in your personal sphere.

  8. Smart move on Bharara’s part. Now, he can:

    – apply for “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees”
    (https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/unemcomp.asp)
    – receive job counseling, retraining, and placement assistance;
    – sue the US Govt for wrongful termination (understanding the requirements in doing so);
    – restart his career, or even begin a whole one.

    None of that applies if he resigned voluntarily.

  9. Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to Join N.Y.U.’s Law School

    By BENJAMIN WEISER

    MARCH 21, 2017

    “Mr. Bharara, 48, who was abruptly dismissed on March 11 after he refused to tender his resignation to the Trump administration, said in a Twitter post that he was “thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about — criminal and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights and corporate accountability, to name a few.””

  10. Preet Bharara
    @PreetBharara

    This is one way I plan to keep working hard on important issues I care about @nyulaw pic.twitter.com/I0QjREV2Oy

    7:06 AM – 21 Mar 2017

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