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 TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report 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 SessionsJustice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Tuberville campaign bus catches fire in Alabama Doug Jones cuts pro-mask campaign ad: 'Our health depends on each other' 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 SchumerChuck SchumerRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday 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.”