Preet Bharara, one of the most high-profile federal prosecutors in the country, said Saturday he was fired from President Trump’s administration after he refused to resign when asked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“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,” tweeted Bharara, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Bharara reiterated in a statement that he was fired from his position of the last seven years, adding that serving as the top prosecutor in Manhattan “will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live.”
“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served,” he said in the statement released by the U.S. attorney’s office.
“I want to thank the amazing people of the Southern District of New York, the greatest public servants in the world, for everything they do each day in pursuit of justice. They will continue to do the great work of the Office under the leadership of Joon H. Kim, the current Deputy U.S. Attorney, who will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney,” he added.
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