Rep. Rice Statement on Trump Administration Firing U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
GARDEN CITY, NY -- U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today about the Trump administration's firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
“Preet Bharara is an outstanding prosecutor who has served New Yorkers with integrity, honor, and a relentless commitment to the pursuit of justice. The decision to demand his resignation and that of 45 other U.S. Attorneys, while not without precedent, raises serious questions in light of President Trump’s bizarre allegations of illegal wiretaps and his administration's attempts to interfere with ongoing investigations.
“Did that decision come from the Justice Department, or the White House? Was the decision prompted by the President watching Fox News on Thursday night, when Sean Hannity called for a purge of Obama appointees? Why did President Trump ask Preet Bharara to stay on in November, only to demand his resignation a few months later? Was the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York conducting investigations in any way related to President Trump or his associates, and did that have anything to do with Preet Bharara’s refusal to resign? Until the President and his administration answer these questions, they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt and we have no reason to trust that the Justice Department will maintain the level of independence, integrity and credibility that the American people demand.”