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US Attorney in New York Fired After Refusing Trump's Abrupt Request to Resign

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The Trump administration demanded the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys on Friday afternoon, with little warning

By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

NY Prosecutor Preet Bharara fired
NY Prosecutor Preet Bharara fired
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Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was fired Saturday after refusing to comply with the Trump administration's request to resign, according to the New York Times.

Bharara's firing adds another layer of controversy to the episode, which was already raising eyebrows--and in some cases, ire.

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I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.

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Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys on Friday, "igniting anger from officials who say they were given no warning about their dismissals," as CNN reported.

"It is common for administrations to ask holdovers to step down, but what is less common is the abruptness of Friday's announcement," the outlet explained. "Two sources familiar with the Justice Department tell CNN they were unsure for some time whether such an action would happen and had been looking for some type of announcement -- but received radio silence."

Indeed, the "sudden request...was met with surprise by multiple federal prosecutors, with at least one first finding out about the demand on social media," according to NBC News, which cited "a source close to the U.S. attorney."

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