WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by President Trump, thinks Trump’s latest termination should trigger alarms.
Shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) tweeted that he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” of Comey’s dismissal.
Bharara retweeted — and amplified — that message.
“EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be ‘troubled by the timing and reasoning’ of Comey firing. Period,” he said.
Trump’s firing of Comey came as the FBI director was in the middle of investigating whether or not the President or his team colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, and triggered widespread bipartisan concerns about his motives.
Bharara’s own firing did the same — especially after Trump had told him he could stay on.
Many noted the pattern of Trump firing people who were investigating him or had information of wrongdoing within his administration.
“This is part of a deeply troubling pattern from the Trump administration. They fired Sally Yates. They fired Preet Bharara. And now they fired Dir. Comey, the very man leading the investigation. This does not seem to be a coincidence,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday.