Trump govt fires prominent prosecutor who refused to quit

US President Donald Trump has claimed his predecessor Barack Obama had his phones tapped

US President Donald Trump has claimed his predecessor Barack Obama had his phones tapped

Judd Burstein, an attorney representing former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros said during a hearing February 15 that one of his clients received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the use of corporate resources relating to sexual harassment allegations against Ailes and Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox.

Staffed with more than one hundred career prosecutors, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office has a long history of being apolitical and pursuing a wide range of investigations into terrorism, public corruption, securities fraud and cyber crime, former prosecutors said.

Mr Bharara has successfully prosecuted state and local politicians for corruption, including former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

"Disturbing that 46 US Attorneys asked to resign".

That's why it came as such a shock to him and others that the president asked for his resignation at this time. "And certainly, there's a lot of questions coming up as to whether Mr. Trump is - President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this USA attorney and whether that might affect his future". However, even if this was the motivation, attempts to derail an investigation would likely fail since the remaining experienced career investigators and prosecutors in the Southern District could move forward with a criminal prosecution, even in the absence of a confirmed US attorney. Another, Richard S. Hartunian of the Northern District of NY, joined the Justice Department in the 1990s. Every new administration does not replace all U.S. attorneys at once.

The weird insinuation came as the network was bemoaning the firing of Obama-appointed US Attorney Preet Bharara.

Second, it's worth noting that US attorneys represent the federal government in the USA district court and in the US court of appeals. "Serving my country as U.S. Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life".

"When that was done, I was going to go anyway - whether I got 24 hours' notice, or two weeks' notice, or two months' notice".

"She's a woman who knows what she wants and knows what she's doing", the voiceover says to audience laughter.

It's not clear why the Justice Department asked the prosecutors to exit so quickly. On March 9th, Fox's Sean Hannity said holdover lawyers from the Obama era may be "saboteurs" who are leaking damaging information about the administration.

This morning, Fox News columnist Hans A. von Spakovsky called the national uproar over the firing of Preet Bharara, the (now former) U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, a "phony scandal".

Some have speculated that Bharara was removed because he may have been investigating, or was about to investigate, the previous business dealings of President Trump, the Trump organization, or Trump's business friends and former associates.

And, to be fair, that's been my opinion of Bharara for some time.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday has asked the 46 chief federal prosecutors from Obama administration to tender their resignation, including Bharara.

In contrast, during NBC's Sunday Today, a far more grounded reason for the firing of Bharara and the United States attorneys was given.

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