NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Preeet Bharara spoke Thursday evening, in his first public appearance since the Trump administration forced him out of his post.
Bharara criticized the Trump administration’s policies when it came to staffing changes.READ MORE: New York City Nightlife Advisory Board Suggests Legalized Drinking In Public Parks
“I have no complaints, I have no remorse,” he said. “There is a swamp. A lot of the system is rigged…. But I would respectfully submit you don’t drain a swamp with a slogan you don’t drain it by replacing one set of partisans with another.”
Bharara made his remarks at Cooper Union as part of the Speakers’ Series.
Bharara was appointed as U.S. attorney in Manhattan in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.
The 48-year-old Bharara was asked by then-President-elect Donald Trump to remain as U.S. attorney in Manhattan during a November meeting at Trump Tower.
But sources told CBS2 that Trump, frustrated by leaks that he believed were hurting his administration, decided to get rid of the 46 holdover U.S. attorneys from around the country who were appointed by former President Barack Obama. That included Bharara, even with his hard-won reputation for independence.READ MORE: Jean Louis, 52, Struck And Killed While Trying To Fix Flat Tire On Long Island Expressway In Queens
Bharara tweeted on March 11 he did not resign but that he was fired.
Bharara called the new job one way he plans to keep working hard on important issues he cares about. He starts April 1 as a distinguished scholar in residence.MORE NEWS: New York City Workers Must Be Vaccinated By Sept. 13 Or Face Weekly Testing, Mayor Says
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