U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in 2015. He no longer holds the post. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(NEWSER) – Preet Bharara, the newly fired US attorney in Manhattan, has a brand-new Twitter account, an ax to grind, and lots of free time on his hands. Bharara was one of 46 federal attorneys ordered to resign late last week by the Justice Department, though he says he refused to do so and was fired instead. A look at coverage:
Expect lots of chatter about a run for office. The 48-year-old has previously said he’s not interested, but this run-in with the White House might mean that “his political star is rising,” reports the New York Times in a story that takes a broad look at his career.
He’s out of his job, but there’s some disagreement on whether he was technically fired, as CNBC explains.
Bharara has the reputation of being an aggressive prosecutor willing to take on big names, but ProPublica points to what it sees as a glaring exception: He brought no cases against top Wall Street execs in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Read the assessment here.
“By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.” That tweet from Bharara, referring to a political corruption investigation that was shut down in New York, is drawing attention. Is he suggesting he got fired because he was investigating the White House? The Week takes a look.
One person who is probably pretty happy that Bharara is gone? Rupert Murdoch. As New York explains, Bharara’s office is investigating Fox News. Among other things, the network allegedly hid financial statements related to sexual harassment settlements.
For a sense of the competing views about Bharara, see this critical post at the libertarian Reason about his “overreaching” prosecutions, and this one at the Daily Beast that hopes he runs for governor in New York.