Jeff Sessions made an offer yesterday for 46 attorneys to help drain the swamp: by resigning.
The 46 attorneys in question are all holdovers from Barack Obama’s administration, which he appointed during his presidency.
“Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutions in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” said spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement following Sessions’ request.
One attorney denying the order was Preet Bharara, who was apparently unaware that President Donald Trump has extensive experience in firing people.
According to Fox News, An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for fighting public corruption was fired Saturday afternoon.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tweeted that he “did not resign” and added, “Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”
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.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017
It is customary, though not automatic, for the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys to leave their positions once a new president is in office. Incoming administrations over the past several decades typically have replaced most U.S. attorneys during the first year or two.
The firing of Bharara in particular is unexpected, even in light of Sessions’ request for resignations. In late November, following an hour long-meeting with the new President elect, Bahara declared that he would likely remain in his position in the next administration. “I said I would absolutely consider staying on. I agreed to stay on. I have already spoken to Senator Sessions, who as you know is the nominee to be the attorney general,” Bharara told reporters in front of the elevator bank at Trump Tower after the meeting. “He also asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I will be continuing to work at the Southern District.”
What changed since then? Stay tuned…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo