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Alberto Gonzales: Bharara, Others Serve at Pleasure of President

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By    |   Monday, 13 Mar 2017 01:17 PM

U.S. attorneys know they serve at the pleasure of the president, and it shouldn't be such a big story that Manhattan-based Preet Bharara was fired on Saturday, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.

"I'm not sure why it is a story," Gonzales, who served under former President George W. Bush, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Preet Bharara and others have done their work service on behalf of America and the Department of Justice, but in the end, it doesn't matter. Such is the way it works."

Federal prosecutors like Bharara and another 45 Obama-appointed holdovers who were asked to step down on Friday all must leave when a new president asks them to leave, said Gonzales.

"Quite honestly, I respect the work, but it's not very good to say I'm going to stay and have [to have] the president and attorney general fire you," said Gonzales. "To me, it's very unfortunate."

President Donald Trump has many options when it comes to holdovers from Obama's administration, as he can keep them or let them go, as "he can do whatever he wants to," said Gonzales.

"We may not like it." said Gonzales. "They may think it's a bad idea, unfair that he needs to give notice and opportunity to get a new job. I'm not quite sure where the story is, quite frankly."

There has been reporting that both Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had assured Bharara he would keep his job, but the fact is, the president can change his mind, said Gonzales.

"Preet Bharara is in no position to complain," he told the program. "The fact that there's so much reporting tells me there is a lot of politics involved."

The bottom line, said Gonzales, is that the same turnover happens when new administrations come in, as a new president will want his or her own team.

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U.S. attorneys know they serve at the pleasure of the president, and it shouldn't be such a big story that Manhattan-based Preet Bharara was fired on Saturday, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.
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