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Preet Bharara among U.S. attorneys asked to resign

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern Dist
Preet Bharara

The Trump administration on Friday asked 46 presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys to resign, leaving career deputy attorneys general in charge.

The departing officials include Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, who has brought numerous cases against Wall Street firms for insider trading, foreign exchange trading execution and other practices.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in an emailed statement that, as with previous presidential transitions, “many of the United States attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice. The attorney general has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition. Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney's Offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders.”