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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing Justice Department Request to Quit

The Wall Street Journal

11 Mar 2017

Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, stated on March 11th, 2017 that he was fired from his position as the Manhattan U.S. attorney, after he had defied a request by the Justice Department for the remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign.

The development was shocking to many in New York City’s legal, law-enforcement and political circles, where Mr. Bharara has been a prominent figure over the past eight years​ with a host of high-profile prosecutions.​

Carrie Cohen, a former assistant U.S. attorney who led the Southern District’s prosecution of longtime Democratic New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, commented that Mr. Bharara’s firing raised serious concerns about the direction of the office.

Read Carrie Cohen’s statements to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

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