03.11.17

Comment On The Firing Of Preet Bharara And Other U.S. Attorneys

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
On The Firing Of Preet Bharara
And Other U.S. Attorneys

"The abrupt, Friday night firing of all remaining U.S. Attorneys -- including Preet Bharara, a well respected, tough prosecutor who the President promised could stay -- is another reminder that the independence of the Justice Department is at risk under this administration. The President and Attorney General demanded resignations immediately, not even allowing them to remain until successors are nominated and confirmed. The Senate will now have to carefully evaluate the President's selected replacements. They will have a high bar to prove they have the necessary courage and fidelity to the law, like Sally Yates, to say 'no' to a President who will need to hear it regularly."

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