[T] he calls from the acting deputy attorney general arose a day after Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator who is a strong supporter of President Trump, said on his evening show that Mr. Trump needed to "purge" Obama holdovers from the federal government. He wrote on his verified Twitter account, "I did not resign".
"Today, I was sacked from my position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY".
As the politics rages on, Flores said the work of professional, non-partisan prosecutors will proceed as US attorneys are switched out.
Bharara maintained a high-profile in NY media and social circles, by virtue of his office and his focus on white-collar crime and Wall Street malfeasance, particularly insider trading. Andrew Cuomo accused of bid-rigging and bribery and was investigating the fundraising activities of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the time of his dismissal. He told journalists then that Trump asked him to stay on. "He also asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I will be continuing to work at the southern district".
The position of US attorney is a political appointment made by the president.
Schumer, now the Senate Minority Leader, said Friday in a statement that he's "troubled" to learn about the resignation requests, particularly for Bharara, reports The Hill. Strangely enough, this sort of mass-firing of U.S. Attorneys-the federal prosecutors who oversee the Justice Department's 93 field offices-is a Washington tradition, and every new president in recent memory who has taken over for the opposing party has done some version of the same thing.
NBC added: "The source says the USA attorney and other US attorneys were surprised because on a Thursday conference call with Attorney General Jeff Sessions he concluded the call by telling them 'happy hunting!' Sessions, the source says, had given no indication about Friday's announcement".
The top federal prosecutors in the states, there are 93 USA attorneys and all serve at the pleasure of the president.
Bharara said earlier that he had received assurances in November from both President-elect Donald Trump and Sessions that they wanted him to stay on, and he agreed to do so. Bharara, who has earned the reputation of a "crusader" prosecutor, had met Trump in November after his electoral victory.
A Department of Justice spokesperson declined to talk about it when we reached out for comment.
While it's not unusual for the Department of Justice to purge the previous administration's U.S. Attorneys, Friday's request was unusually sudden and seemingly out-of-the-blue.