Preet Bharara is an American lawyer who has served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia Law School, has received the reputation of “the Sheriff of Wall Street” due to his takedowns of corruption on Wall Street, gangs, terrorists, and cyber bullies. After a denied request from the Trump administration to resign, he was fired. Bharara took to Twitter stating, “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired.” After his nomination by President Barack Obama in 2009, he swiftly gained a status of pointing out financial frauds of prominent Wall Street firms or at hedge funds. Famously, his department received about $500 million in settlements from practices, such as Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage. In addition to, he brought down huge cyber hacking groups, like LulzSec and Anonymous.
On his campaign trail, Trump had made a promise to “drain the swamp”, or drain corruption out of Washington, D.C. Supporters of Prosecutor Bharara say he was doing exactly that. New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky said, “Preet Bharara has shaken the foundations of our capital — whether you’re a Republican or Democrat he’s been an equal opportunist when it comes to rooting out corruption.” Even supporters of Trump, Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who agreed to “drain the swamp”, declared that the firing of Bharara was “definitely not a wise move at all.” Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales said that “there’s nothing at all unusual” about the Trump administration asking all existing U.S. attorneys to resign. However, the public seems to have a huge problem with this, believing that Trump is doing wrong under his “drain the swamp” pledge. Regardless, many believe Bharara’s refusal to resign can be looked upon as a method to send a message to the American public and put into perspective Trump’s administration and their future objectives.