❝ Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia investigation, has boasted to friends and colleagues that he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to four people familiar with the conversations.
Kasowitz told Trump, “This guy is going to get you,” according to a person familiar with Kasowitz’s account.
❝ Those who know Kasowitz say he is sometimes prone to exaggerating when regaling them with his exploits. But if true, his assertion adds to the mystery surrounding the motive and timing of Bharara’s firing.
❝ New presidents typically ask U.S. attorneys to resign and have the power to fire them. But Trump asked Bharara to stay in his job when they met in November at Trump Tower, as Bharara announced after the meeting.
In early March, Trump reversed himself. He asked all the remaining U.S. attorneys to resign, including Bharara. Bharara, a telegenic prosecutor with a history of taking on powerful politicians, refused and was fired March 11.
As ProPublica previously reported, at the time of Bharara’s firing the Southern District was conducting an investigation into Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Tom Price…
❝ The Southern District of New York conducts some of the highest profile corporate investigations in the country. According to news reports…the office is…looking into Russian money-laundering allegations at Deutsche Bank, Trump’s principal private lender…
❝ …More than three months after Bharara was fired, Trump has not nominated anyone to fill the Southern District job or most of the other U.S. attorney positions.
That shouldn’t surprise anyone, either.
7 thoughts on “Trump’s Personal Lawyer Brags That He Got Preet Bharara Fired”
“Trump’s lawyer in Russia probe has clients with Kremlin ties” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trumps-lawyer-in-russia-probe-has-clients-with-kremlin-ties/2017/06/09/5dba9518-4d4a-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html “Marc E. Kasowitz’s clients include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin and has done business with Trump’s former campaign manager. Kasowitz also represents Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, U.S. court records show.” It gets worse read on…
“Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One” https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-russia-lawyer-marc-kasowitz-alcohol-security-clearance
“Two Democratic Party donors and a former party staff member have filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against President Trump’s campaign and a longtime informal adviser, Roger J. Stone Jr., accusing them of conspiring in the release of hacked Democratic emails and files that exposed their personal information to the public.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/trump-campaign-and-adviser-are-sued-over-leaked-emails.html
Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’ https://www.propublica.org/article/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-threat-emails-maddow
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875701471999864833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Fpolitics-news%2Ftrump-confirms-fbi-probe-blames-witch-hunt-man-who-told-n773296
“Deputy AG says he may have to recuse himself from Russia probe: report” http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/338119-deputy-ag-privately-acknowledged-possibility-of-recusal-from-russia
“DOJ Settled Massive Russian Fraud Case Involving Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr. : Lawmakers are concerned Justice’s abrupt settlement ‘may be connected’ to Russian overtures to Trump campaign.” http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/12/doj-settled-massive-russian-fraud-case-involving-lawyer-who-met-with-trump-jr/ “The case alleged that 11 companies were involved in a tax fraud in Russia and then laundered a portion of the $230 million they got into Manhattan real estate. The Russian attorney who uncovered the tax fraud scheme, Sergei Magnitsky, mysteriously died in prison. As a result, U.S. lawmakers passed the Magnitsky Act, which levied sanctions on Russian officials—sanctions that Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney, worked to reverse. The attorney representing the Russian companies in the DOJ case, Veselnitskaya, is the same one who organized a meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. and top Trump campaign officials in June 2016 to offer material that could “incriminate” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In May, the Justice Department settled the case for $6 million instead of $230 million and did not demand any admission of wrongdoing.”
See also https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-civil-forfeiture-complaint-against-real-estate
“Preet Bharara: More charges likely coming in Mueller-Russia probe” (10/30/17) http://thehill.com/homenews/news/357804-preet-bharara-more-charges-coming-in-mueller-russia-probe
Also “Preet Bharara Reads Bob Mueller’s Tea Leaves : A former top prosecutor gives his informed take on the special counsel’s investigation.” (October 31, 2017) https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/31/preet-bharara-reads-bob-muellers-tea-leaves-215767 and “Preet Bharara to Trump: ‘Keep up the tweeting'” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357953-preet-bharara-to-trump-keep-up-the-tweeting