U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Out As Federal Prosecutor After Not Resigning, ‘Moments Ago, I Was Fired’

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(FOX NEWS) – An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for fighting public corruption was fired Saturday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tweeted that he “did not resign” and added, “Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”

“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served. I want to thank the amazing people of the Southern District of New York, the greatest public servants in the world, for everything they do each day in pursuit of justice,” Bharara said in a statement.

“They will continue to do the great work of the Office under the leadership of Joon H. Kim, the current Deputy U.S. Attorney, who will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney.”

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A senior administration official, however, told Fox News that Bharara may be using this event for political gain. Bharara has long been speculated as a potential candidate for public office in New York.

The word “fired” was never used toward Bharara, accoding to the senior administration official, who added: “Preet is trying to make this into a thing. But it is not really a thing.”

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