ALBANY – Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor President Trump fired, announced today he is joining the staff of the law school at New York University.
“This is one way I plan to keep working hard on important issues I care about,’’ Bharara posted on his Twitter account Tuesday morning.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about – criminal justice and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights and corporate accountability, to name a few,’’ he added.
— NYU Law (@nyulaw) March 21, 2017
The university said that Bharara would be a "distinguished scholar in residence."
Bharara, after meeting with Trump last fall in Manhattan after Election Day, said at the time that Trump had asked him to stay on as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, the busy federal prosecution office that has handled major cases involving crimes on Wall Street, terrorism and a run of corruption convictions of Albany politicians, including former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
But Bharara, along with other U.S. Attorneys from the Obama administration, earlier this month were sent letters ordering them to submit their resignations. Bharara refused, and he was fired March 11 by the Trump administration.
The office, now headed temporarily by Bharara’s former deputy, Joon Kim, is prosecuting the case against eight individuals, including associates of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in an alleged massive pay-to-play case involving upstate economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion program at RiverBend’s SolarCity plant.
Bharara’s possible political aspirations have swirled for several years. Among the theories floating around is a possible gubernatorial bid for Bharara in 2018.
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