Preet Bharara fires back at Trump's NBC license tweet

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Wednesday fired back at President Trump’s tweet raising the prospect of taking away NBC’s broadcast license.

Bharara, a frequent Trump critic, replied to the president’s tweet, writing that it’s time for employees of the “adult daycare” that is the White House to “report for duty.”

The phrase was a reference to Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.), who called the White House an “adult day care center” earlier this week in the midst of a feud with the president.


NBC is the current target of Trump’s media criticisms after reporting last week that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump relationship with Tillerson has been tense for months: report Bill O'Reilly: With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for 'morons' Overnight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad MORE called the president a “moron.” A follow-up story published Wednesday morning said that Tillerson’s jab came after the president indicated a desire to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal to 10-times its current size.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the “fake news” coming out of NBC and other networks is “bad” for the country and floated the idea of challenging its broadcasting license.

Bharara was appointed to his post as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan under former President Obama. He served seven years before Trump fired him in March after Bharara refused to resign.

- Updated at 12:44 p.m.