Washington, December 1: India born Preet Bharara on Wednesday said that he will remain as the Manhattan U.S. Attorney at President-elect Donald Trump's request. Bharara was summoned for a meeting to discuss about staying on his position with Trump inside Trump Tower.
“The President-elect asked, presumably because he's a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years, whether or not I'd be prepared to stay on” and “I agreed,” Bharara said.
Many regard Bharara as the Justice Department's most powerful prosecutor, he is also been investigating the de Blasio administration’s fund-raising, and brought pending criminal charges against a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer voted in favour of Bharara. “President-elect Trump called me last week” about Bharara, Schumer said. “I told him I thought Preet was great, and I would be all for keeping him on the job. I am glad they met and am glad Preet is staying on. He's been one of the best U.S Attorneys New York has ever seen," Schumer added.
Republicans who are well aware of Bharara’s work are happy that trump decided to retain Bharara. Bharara was appointed as US attorney by President Barack Obama in 2009. Bharara previously was chief counsel to New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader. He also played a vital role in the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors under former President George W Bush.