Preet Bharara’s Dismissal, De Blasio And Cuomo Stay Quiet
Mar 16, 2017 09:48 AM EDT
While President Donald Trump is being attacked by democrats for firing Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Atorney for the Southern District of New York, two prominent New York Democrats stay quiet about Preet Bharara's dismissal. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have decided not to join the pile-on.
The reason is high likely that both officials are involved in the high-profile corruption investigations Preet Bharara was handling. He was leading the investigation of the dismissal of Moreland Commission that probed corruption in New York state government, formed by Gov. Cuomo in 2013 that was later shut down in 2014 after an ethics reform package passed in Albany, according to Daily Caller.
Preet Bharara's office looked into allegations that Cuomo's people tried interrupting Moreland Commission investigations although Cuomo and his team were eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in 2016. Much recently, Preet Bharara brought corruption charges against a former Cuomo top aide, Joseph Percoco, and several associates of Cuomo's, who has pled not guilty.
When Cuomo was asked about Preet Bharara's dismissal during a press call, his aide has refused to make further comments, according to Wall Street Journal. De Blasio also refused to comment when asked about him. He stated, "There's an ongoing investigation going on. I'm not going to comment on any of that."
Preet Bharara who previously met with Trump in December, was told by the president-elect he wanted to keep him at his post. Trump, however, attempted to contact the New York U.S. attorney without success before Attorney General Sessions released the order for Preet Bharara and the other U.S. Attorneys to resign.
Preet Bharara who refused to do so, was fired by Trump last weekend. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer has expressed his disappointment towards Preet Bharara's dismissal, who is his former chief counsel, calling it "extremely surprising".