However, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) said Monday that "there's nothing unusual" about the president removing his predecessor's USA attorneys.
"One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served", Bharara later said in a statement. Then, upping the ante, Bharara refused to resign and was sacked by the Trump administration.
Trump himself did apparently make an attempt to speak with Bharara in advance of the Friday demand for resignations.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to replace so many sitting attorneys at once, has raised eyebrows in Washington. "It's important to have consistency and uniformity in matters like this".
It may seem unfair to remove someone from their position without notice, particularly if they have done a good job.
Bharara had previously told reporters that Trump had asked him to stay on.
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Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman and top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, said that the call "still means the president was either unaware of the prohibitions on contacts between the White House and DOJ officials, or he ignored them, and either is an indictment of Don McGahn". He was also well regarded by both Republicans and Democrats.
By asking for the immediate resignations of the remaining United States attorneys before their replacements have been confirmed, "the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice", Schumer said.
Wright played a YouTube video of Thursday's Hannity, where the Fox News host warned that there were "Obama holdovers bureaucrats who are hell bent on destroying this president".
According to IQ Media, Bharara has been mentioned on the three cable news channels more than 340 times since Friday afternoon. "I guess that's why Trump fired him", she said, before drawing a comparison to Trump's decision to fire Sally Yates.
Preet Bharara, a notable federal prosecutor in Manhattan who gained notoriety for investigating cases of insider trading, was sacked over the weekend. He also conducted a corruption investigation into the Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in 2016 in Miami, who was allegedly involved in money laundering and banking fraud to evade sanctions against Iran.
But Mr Bharara was a unique case: the Indian-born prosecutor known for his toughness and for remaining untethered to politics or party had been assured by the president-elect that he could keep his job.
As the chief federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY, which includes Manhattan, Bharara oversaw several notable corruption and white-collar criminal cases and prosecutions of terrorism suspects. USA attorneys work for the president in that capacity.