Preet Bharara said Saturday he was fired “moments ago” after refusing to agree to a Trump Justice Department demand that he and 45 other U.S. attorneys submit their resignations.
In a tweet, he reiterated that he did not resign his post as one of the nation’s top federal prosecutors.
The afternoon announcement came less than a day after the Trump Justice Department asked 46 U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations.
“I did not resign,” Bharara said in a tweet. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”
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.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017
Just months ago, Bharara met with Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower, and announced that the then-president-elect had asked him to stay on as the high-profile United States attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan.