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MARCH 13, 2017

     U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara made a fool of himself and office.  An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for fighting public corruption was fired Saturday afternoon.  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."  A senior administration official, however, told Fox News that Bharara may be using this event for political gain. Bharara has long been speculated as a potential candidate for public office in New York.

     The word "fired" was never used toward Bharara, accoding to the senior administration official, who added: "Preet is trying to make this into a thing. But it is not really a thing."  The senior administration official also noted that everyone was treated the same, meaning that all of the Obama-appointed US attorney were asked to step down.  It is custom that each administration hires its own AGs  - most all go, good and bad.

     A person with knowledge of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's actions said earlier Saturday that he was taking President Trump up on his word that he can remain in his post. The person, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to comment publicly, said Bharara was remaining in his post after receiving assurances last year from Trump and Sessions that they wanted him to stay on. However, a senior administration official told Fox News later Saturday night that Bharara's account of his meeting with Trump and Jeff Sessions at Trump Tower -- where he informed the press afterward that he was invited to stay on indefinitely as U.S. attorney -- was never confirmed by Trump's transition team but was solely an account from Bharara himself.
 
 

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