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BUH Bye, Preet Bharara

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 2:20 pm

Preening Preet Bharara, who refused to submit his resignation despite being told to, has been fired — and properly so.

Preet Bharara, the Manhattan federal prosecutor who was asked by President Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired on Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation.

Mr. Bharara’s dismissal capped a brief but highly unusual showdown in which a political appointee installed by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, declined an order to submit a resignation.

He told the world what had happened on Twitter.

“I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life,” Mr. Bharara wrote on his personal feed, which he set up in the past two weeks.

You don’t have a right to stay on under a new administration. Trump did right.

BUH bye.


  1. Yah, openly issuing a dare to your boss to fire you when your job is already in extreme jeopardy wasn’t exactly the brightest of moves. Had he been a little smarter, he could have made his case to Trump privately.

    This little temper tantrum of his makes me wonder just how good he really was as a US Attorney.

    Comment by Bill H — 3/11/2017 @ 3:24 pm

  2. I find myself conflicted on this one. I’ve long been an admirer of *some* of Preet Bharara’s actions as a prosecutor. (Major caveat; not his gag order at Reason.)

    If Trump did ask him to stay on, IMHO Bharara would have been fully justified to phone the AG or Trump and ask for clarification *privately*. However, going public as he did… no. That action also changed my opinion of him quite a bit.

    Under the circumstances, “You’re fired!” was, IMHO, the appropriate choice. Indeed, it was the only choice.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/11/2017 @ 4:51 pm

  3. Good for Trump and Sessions. Every US Attorney serves at the President’s pleasure and they should be replaced with each new President, whether or not there is a change in political party.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/11/2017 @ 6:42 pm

  4. Is my math completely off? DJT/Sessions are seeking resignations from about 1/2 of the 93? Clinton went after 92 of 93 right after St. Pat’s Day, right?

    And this is a story about DJT being meeeeeeeean?

    This is an ultimate example of Fake News.

    Comment by Ed from SFV — 3/11/2017 @ 9:59 pm

  5. I think it was the remainder of the Obama appointees, Ed.I’m guessing a fair number of them had already quit to save themselves the embarrassment of being fired by that guy who famously says “You’re fired!”.

    Comment by Bill H — 3/12/2017 @ 3:49 am

  6. I think you are correct, Bill H. The others probably saw this coming.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 5:29 am

  7. On second thought, maybe not. It’s hard to tell since they didn’t release a list of the US Attorneys whose resignations were accepted. But the US Attorneys in Texas don’t seem to have changed, and they were appointed by Obama.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 8:58 am

  8. Who knows? But NBC says 47 had already stepped down:

    The Trump administration acted abruptly Friday to force out the remaining U.S. attorneys who had not already stepped down.

    All 93 U.S. attorneys — the top federal prosecutors in the states — are political appointees. A total of 47 had already stepped down. Some states, divided into separate districts, have more than one.

    But mid-day Friday, the remaining 46 were told to submit their letters of resignation immediately. The move was announced by the Justice Department, and many of the prosecutors first learned of it when they received calls from reporters.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 10:18 am

  9. Actually that link is to CNBC.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 10:18 am

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