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Trump's Lawyer Bragged That He Got Preet Bharara Fired

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 12:41 PM

Marc Kasowitz, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, bragged to friends and colleagues about getting U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara fired.

Four people familiar with Kasowitz's conversations made the claim, ProPublica reported on Tuesday.

"This guy is going to get you," Kasowitz told the president, someone familiar with the matter told ProPublica.

While incoming presidents usually ask U.S. attorneys to resign and have the authority to fire them, the president in November had asked Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for New York's Southern District, to stay onboard.

Then in March, Trump asked for the resignations of all U.S. attorneys including Bharara, who refused. On March 11, Trump fired him. 

According to a March 17 ProPublica report, Bharara was said to have been investigating Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Kasowitz has represented Trump for years, and was his spokesman in response to former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony, according to ProPublica.

The attorney's law firm has provided Trump with some administration hires, including David Friedman, Israel ambassador, who was a partner in Kasowitz's firm. Another Kasowitz partner, Edward McNally, is a potential nominee for Bharara's former position, according to Bloomberg. 

The former attorney general responded to the ProPublica report in a tweet:

The president has not yet filled Bharara's position or most of the remaining U.S. attorney openings. On Monday, he sent to the Senate a first batch of nominations.

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