Friday, March 10, 2017

The DOJ Just Called for the Firing of 46 Obama-Appointed U.S. State’s Attorneys, Including Preet Bharara

Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the remaining 46 U.S. Attorneys who were appointed during Obama’s tenure to tender their resignations. This is a pretty standard practice — new presidents usually purge their predecessors’ appointees upon taking office, though this wave came somewhat unexpectedly. But now everyone, especially City Hall, Albany, and Wall Street, wants to know: What the heck is going to happen to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara?

There’s always the chance that the White House and Sessions refuse Bharara’s resignation. The top prosecutor in the Southern District of New York made his reputation going after white-collar crime on Wall Street, and public corruption in Albany. His office is currently investigating Mayor de Blasio’s campaign for possible campaign-finance-related corruption, so that sound you hear might be a sigh coming from City Hall.

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