Sorry, Fox Fans, Firing Preet Bharara Isn't 'Phony Scandal'

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News of the firing has generated interest and raised questions presumably because the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY prosecutes many of our nation's major financial crimes and handles numerous high profile cases involving Wall Street.

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

Senior Democrats have now suggested that the President was anxious about a potential investigation by Mr Bharara who made national headlines after investigating Sheldon Silver, the long time speaker of the New York State Assembly for taking millions of dollars in payoffs. Sources close to Bharara said the Manhattan federal prosecutor had refused to submit his resignation, preparing for a showdown with Trump. As longtime readers may recall, I obsessively covered the original U.S. Attorney controversy in 2007, after the Bush/Cheney White House fired several of its own prosecutors after they resisted pressure to bring politically motivated cases during the 2006 midterm elections.

Nicknamed the "Sheriff of Wall Street", Bharara's jurisdiction covered New York's financial district putting him in the limelight as he prosecuted more than 100 finance executives for criminal activities like stock trading irregularities using insider information.

The following day, Bharara was one of 46 United States attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama asked to resign - and to immediately clean out their offices.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined "Fox & Friends Weekend" to talk about the Bharara's firing. "But it was handled in a way that was disrespectful to the USA attorneys because they were nearly treated as though they had done something wrong, when in fact they had not".

The creators of "Billions", a TV drama loosely based on the story of famed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation of a Wall Street hedge-fund manager, are speaking out after the prosecutor was sacked by the Justice Department. Obama had asked Bob Gates, who was appointed by President George W Bush, to continue as his secretary of defense.

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Bharara was sacked by the Trump administration after dramatically refusing a request to resign.

The replacement of most, if not all, serving US attorneys is quite customary at the start of every new administration.

The new USA attorney will have some latitude on what to focus on in the future. In addition, Trump broke protocol by attempting to call Bharara's office on Thursday ― but the two were not able to connect.

The abrupt dismissal has some questioning the true motive behind Bharara's firing, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who suggested Sunday that the timing was a bit suspicious. In 2014, New York's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, disbanded the Moreland Commission, the very ethics watchdog he had set up nine months earlier and which had begun investigating Democratic Party fundraising lapses.

"Those investigations will continue, irrespective of the removal of the confirmed USA attorney head".

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

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