Preet Bharara, the Indian-born American who used to serve as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York has revealed that he did not resign but was instead fired.
Bharara said that he was fired on Saturday after he refused to submit a letter of resignation as part of an ouster of the remaining US attorneys from the Obama administration.
This comes as a sharp u-turn after President Donald Trump's assurances to Bharara in November last year. Trump had assured Bharara that he wanted him to continue. "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," Bharara wrote on Twitter. In an e mail sent to his staff, Bharara wrote that acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente had removed him from his job. "Needless to say it is personally very sad for me. This is the greatest place on Earth and I love you all. Even on a day when your US Attorney gets fired it is still Thanksgiving because you all still get to do the most honorable work there is to do," Bharara's note said. Bharara enjoyed a particularly powerful perch in the criminal justice system with the Southern District of New York being one of the largest federal prosecutors' offices in the US with 220 assistant US attorneys. After his post-election results meeting with Trump, Bharara had told reporters that the president-elect wanted him to stay on the job presumably because he's a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years. "We had a good meeting, I agreed to stay on," Bharara had said.