The call to Preet Bharara's office from President Trump’s assistant came on Thursday. Would Mr. Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, please call back? He did not.
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. The request came as a surprise for many in his office because, in a meeting in November, Bharara was asked by the then-president-elect to stay on.
Bharara refused to resign. On Saturday, he announced on Twitter that he had been fired.
Now, there are protocols governing a president’s direct contact with federal prosecutors. New York Times cites two people with knowledge of the events who were not authorized to discuss sensitive conversations publicly, saying that Bharara notified an adviser to the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that the president had tried to contact him and that he would not respond because of those protocols. Bharara then called Trump’s assistant back to say he could not speak with the president, citing the protocols.
On Saturday afternoon, Bharara wrote on his personal Twitter account, which he set up eight days ago: “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired.” Referring to the Southern District of New York, he added, “Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”