US Attorney Was Fired After Refusing “Unusual Phonecalls” From Trump

For former US attorney Preet Bharara, his situation bears a striking resemblance to ex FBI Director James Comey; both men were fired after standing their grounds and refusing to be influenced by the President as they realised that the President was breaching the established communication lines.

The Judiciary and FBI must be fully independent from the White House and any contacts from the President to the Judiciary and the FBI can be seen as trying to exert influence and pressure on institutions that legally have to be totally independent from the White House.

US attorney Preet Bharara was contacted several times by the President and felt “uncomfortable.” He was eventually fired after resisting Trump’s efforts of “cultivating a relationship.”

“When I’ve been reading the stories of how the President has been contacting (former FBI Director) Jim Comey over time, felt a little bit like deja vu,” Bharara said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump invited Bharara to Trump Tower in New York a few weeks after the election, and Bharara said Trump asked him to stay on at the time.
Bharara said Trump called him twice during the transition “ostensibly just to shoot the breeze.”
“It was a little bit uncomfortable,” Bharara said. “But he was not the President. He was only the President-elect.”
The former US attorney said Trump called him one more time — in March, after Trump had taken office.
“I refused to return the call,” Bharara said.
 According to CNN, Preet Bharara reported the “unusual phone calls” and contacts to the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and also says Trump knew that such contacts were problematic.
Some Republicans have claimed that Preet Bharara’s firing was “normal” and accused him of grandstanding.