Obama-appointed US attorney in NY refuses to resign despite order to do so

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Preet Bharara — Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions “asked” the remaining Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations.  But Preet Bharara, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is reportedly refusing to obey that order.

According to The Hill:

“HOLDOVER: Bharara is not submitting his resignation, according to several ppl briefed – WH not responding to what they’ll do next,” the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman tweeted Saturday.

CNN’s Jake Tapper also reported that Bharara was refusing to resign.

Brian Kolb, the New York State Assembly’s Republican leader, tweeted his support of Bharara in the wake of the reports.


Apparently, Kolb is okay with this…

CNN’s Jake Tapper added:

Furthermore, the Hill said that Bharara may challenge Sessions to fire him:

The Justice Department (DOJ) announced Friday that Sessions called for the former attorneys to resign. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the DOJ.

The call for resignations applies to all Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys, including Bharara.

It came as a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.

According to an exclusive report by The Daily Beast late Friday, Bharara told his section chiefs that he’d yet to submit the requested letter and may instead challenge Sessions to fire him.

That’ll work as well…

Liberals, Twitchy said, are losing their cookies over Sessions’ request:

Translation: Waaaah!!!

Translation: Waaaah!!!

Of course, it doesn’t matter that other presidents have done this as well:


Of course not.  That’s because Clinton is a Democrat, and everyone knows there’s a different standard for Republicans…


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