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 TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP 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 SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program 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 SchumerAnti-Trump Republicans on the line in 2022 too Democrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo Democrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol 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.”