The former United States Attorney Preet Bharara, has mocked the President’s defence against accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he brought up the issue of possible Russian tampering in the US 2016 presidential race at the G20 summit in Hamburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
President Trump said that Putin ‘vehemently denied’ the suggestion.
Former US Attorney for Manhattan, New York, Preet Bharara tweeted this in response to the news:
When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he “vehemently denied it,” we just dropped it usually. https://t.co/d4HqyHQexB
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) July 9, 2017
The tweet, dripping with sarcasm, has been shared more than twice as many times as the President’s tweet on the matter.
The firing of Preet Bharara
US administrations like to have a clean slate of appointed officials, particularly when one party takes power for another.
As a courtesy many politically appointed officials, such as the country’s 46 US attorneys, submit their resignations.
Bharara refused to resign when the Trump Administration took office, and was therefore formally fired by President Trump’s newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, in which then President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team were based, 30 November 2016 (Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)