On Friday, the administration of US president Donald Trump requested that 46 Obama-era US attorneys submit their resignations. Replacing a former administration’s prosecutors is not unusual in itself. But one name on the list came as a surprise: Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.
Although Bharara was appointed by Obama in 2009, he met with the president at Trump Tower in November of 2016, and afterward stated that he would remain in his post under the new administration.
“We had a good meeting,” he told reporters then. “I said I would absolutely consider staying on. I agreed to stay on.” He added that Jeff Sessions also asked him to keep his position: “He also asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I will be continuing.”