I had respect for Preet Bharara, the US Attorney here in Manhattan, until his recent tantrum over being asked to resign by Trump.
This is common practice when a new administration takes the White House. Federal prosecutors all over the country are asked to quit so that a new president can either accept or reject their offers.
That’s just the way it is done — through Republican and Democratic administrations.
Only Bharara decided to make a spectacle of it. The guessing is that he wanted the publicity and sympathy for when he decides to run for public office.
Well, when Bharara does, he will have to answer this question, and I think it will spoil his political career: Why, after all the problems that Wall Street caused in 2008, wasn’t a single person or firm in the financial community charged with anything?
Wall Street was under Bharara’s jurisdiction because he was the US Attorney in Manhattan. He was complicit in protecting Wall Street firms, and that wasn’t his job.