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Preet Bharara Shunned Politics. His End Was Tinged by Them

March 13, 2017 1:23 AM
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Preet Bharara Shunned Politics. His End Was Tinged by Them

On Saturday, the Trump administration fired him after he refused to follow a Justice Department order to resign immediately. The order, which was issued on Friday and also applied to 45 other holdover United States attorneys who served under the Obama administration, came only a few months after Donald J. Trump, then the president-elect, had asked Mr. Bharara to stay in the job.

“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served,” Mr. Bharara said in a statement on Saturday.

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