Donald Trump got to say two words he’s said countless times throughout his career on Saturday: “you’re fired.”
The man on the receiving end of those two words was U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, who refused to resign after Jeff Sessions requested that all 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys resign on Friday. Many of those in the media seemed to forget that Obama had also fired all Bush-era attorneys not long after taking office.
While this is a standard practice, CNN thought otherwise.
According to BizPacReview, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin saw something more sinister behind Bharara’s dismissal.
He admitted that “President Trump had every legal right to fire” the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and that the action “is traditional.” But “what’s unusual in this situation is that it is really undisputed that President Trump promised Preet Bharara that he could stay on and what’s puzzling is what caused this turnabout, seemingly overnight.”
The CNN legal analyst observed that Bharara’s office was involved in several cases that peripherally involved Trump — including the emails in the possession of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, and speculated that there may be other cases involving the president.
Then Toobin speculated Trump’s motives for firing the U.S. attorney.
“The question arises, is there something either that the Trump administration doesn’t want Preet Bharara to pursue, or are there things he knows that he might disclose later that could be troublesome for the Trump administration,” he said.
But, it wasn’t an “overnight” decision as Toobin suggested. Trump made the promise four months earlier as a favor to Sen. Chuck Schumer, according to The Hill. Since then, relations between the New York Democrat and the president have declined to the point where Schumer, as Senate minority leader, has repeatedly stonewalled Trump’s cabinet picks.
The actual reason he was fired should be pretty obvious here. All 46 Obama-era appointees were asked to resign – and he refused. What other possible outcome could anyone possibly expect?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]