Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced Saturday that he’d been fired by the Trump Administration. Bharara was among the forty-six U.S. Attorneys, all holdovers from the Obama Administration, who were abruptly asked to resign on Friday.
“I did not resign,” Bharara said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”
Bharara has been one of the most prominent prosecutors in the country, going after political corruption in New York State and Wall Street figures. Here are some The New Yorker’s stories about his career:
Sheelah Kolhatkar, “Total Return”: The story of Bharara’s pursuit of the hedge-fund legend Steven A. Cohen. (January 16, 2017)
Jeffrey Toobin, “The Showman”: A Profile of Bharara. (May 9, 2016)
Jennifer Gonnerman, “A Lawsuit to End Abuse at Rikers”: On Bharara’s role in efforts to change the treatment of adolescent inmates at New York City’s central jail complex. (December 19, 2014)
John Cassidy, “Cuomo vs. Bharara: Battle of the Heavyweights”: Analysis of the questions Bharara raised regarding the demise of a New York State anti-corruption investigation. (July 23, 2014)
George Packer, “A Dirty Business”: A review of Bharara’s approach to Wall Street crime. (June 27, 2011)