In an unprecedented move that seeks to remove the remaining vestiges of Obama government, the Trump administration has asked 46 attorneys to submit their resignation with immediate effect. The list of 46 attorneys includes Indian-born American attorney Preet Bharara, who was the United States attorney in Manhattan. The firing of the attorneys, especially of Bharara comes as a surprise, since Bharara has been instrumental in helping deliver justice in important cases such as insider trading and public corruption cases. Moreover, in November last year, Bharara was actually asked to stay on by both Trump and Jeff Sessions, who is not the attorney general.
However, it appears that the Trump administration has changed its mind now. Sources said that Bharara received a call from Dana Boente, who is currently the deputy attorney general, informing him that the Trump administration wants him to resign. However, Bharara has not yet submitted his resignation, even though several other attorneys have already resigned. Speaking on the development, a Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said, “As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice. The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”