Manhattan's top federal prosecutor staying on under Trump

Manhattan's top federal prosecutor staying on under Trump
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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is agreeing to remain in his position under a Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE administration.

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Bharara, known for his prosecutions of Wall Street figures, met with the president-elect on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York.

He told reporters following the meeting that Trump wanted to meet with him with him "presumably because he's a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years," according to pool reports.

Bharara said Trump wanted to discuss whether he'd be willing to stay on his current position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

"We had a good meeting," he told reporters. "I agreed to stay on."

He added that he has already spoken with Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCurtis wins Chaffetz's former Utah House seat Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny FBI can’t unlock Texas shooter’s phone MORE (R-Ala.), Trump's nominee to serve as attorney general.

"He also asked that I stay on," Bharara said. "And so I expect that I will be continuing to work at the Southern District."

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump is right: The visa lotto has got to go Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year No room for amnesty in our government spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said Trump called him last week to ask what he thought about Bharara staying in his role as a top U.S. attorney. 

"I told him I thought Preet was great, and I would be all for keeping him on the job and fully support it," Schumer said. 

"I am glad they met and am glad Preet is staying on. He’s been one of the best U.S attorneys New York has ever seen.”