Those iconic words were uttered by President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon, upon New York Attorney Preet Bharara — who was asked to resign by Attorney General Jeff Sessions — said he would not step down, then challenging the president to fire him.
In which Trump took him up on his challenge.
“I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in [the Southern District of New York] will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life,” Bharara said on Twitter.
Bharara carved out a reputation as the no-nonsesne sheriff of the frequently ethically compromised New York political machine after he aggressively pursued top Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature. Bharara secured corruption convictions against former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican. His office was also close to trial for a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused of bid-rigging and bribery and was investigating the fundraising activities of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the time of his dismissal.
His dismissal caps a brief but remarkable showdown between a sitting U.S. attorney, the Justice Department and ultimately Trump himself.
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