The Trump Administration fired prominent U.S. attorney Preet Bharara Saturday, after he refused to step down as requested Friday.
Bharara was blindsided by the letter asking for his resignation Friday, because of explicit assurances from both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he would be asked to stay on through the transition, reports CNN. He did not send in his letter Friday, and told associates he had no plans to do so over the weekend, sources told The New York Times.
The refusal prompted the administration to fire him outright.
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
But what he and others are forgetting is Bill Clinton AG Janet Reno fired TWICE as many US attorneys back in the day.
Every administration has the right and the prerogative to have its own appointees in seats of power. We’ve seen this time and time again, regardless of who the President is.
But it’s ONLY when that President is Donald J. Trump that the media loses its collective mind.
For example, the media’s extreme bias is showing when you take a look at what we just dug up: A 1993 letter from former President Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, to then-Attorney Jeff Sessions.
Attorney General Janet Reno fired 93 U.S. attorneys (holdovers from the Reagan and George H.W. Bush days), leaving only one in New Jersey spared. This was in 1993 – the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
Talk about hypocrisy. Luckily, many were not blind to this and called the Dems out on it.
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) March 10, 2017
Janet Reno asked all 93 U.S. attorneys to resign in '93. That Sessions asked 46 isn't crazy. Chill, guys, and focus on the goods.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) March 11, 2017
— Molly ❤️ Covfefe (@mollyday15) March 11, 2017