Marc Kasowitz, alleged president Donald Trump’s personal attorney, openly bragged to friends that he was behind the current occupant of the White House’s decision to fire U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, according to what four sources familiar with the conversations told ProPublica. Kasowitz boasted that he was a central figure behind Bharara’s termination and according to the report, he told Trump, “this guy is going to get you,” in regards to the Russia probe.
Some familiar with Kasowitz reportedly cautioned that he tends to exaggerate his importance. But if ProPublica’s report is true, it would indicate that Trump’s personal attorney, who is handling matters related to the Russia probe, has also been involved in matters of governance.
Bharara responded on Twitter to ProPublica’s report, saying, “Sheesh, I haven’t even had my covfefe yet.”
Sheesh, I haven’t even had my covfefe yet. https://t.co/50v0h1I3uF
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 13, 2017
Amateur president Donald Trump asked Bharara to stay at his position, then, remarkably, in March, Trump demanded that all of the remaining U.S. attorneys turn in their resignations. At that point, Bharara refused, then Trump fired him. What’s startling about Trump’s move is that later, he fired former FBI Director James Comey who was leading an investigation into his administration’s ties to Russia. And then he fired Sally Yates.
Preet Bharara revealed to ABC News’ This Week that he felt the calls he received from Trump had crossed the usual boundary separating the executive branch and independent criminal investigators. That’s the same sort of tactic Trump used with Comey while dismissing the usual protocol the White House is supposed to take with investigators. Bharara said he had been fired after refusing to take a third call from Trump. Bharara, who has a sterling reputation, was fired while he was investigating stock trades made by Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and he was reportedly leading an investigation into payments made by Fox News to cover up allegations of sexual harassment against then-chairman Roger Ailes. Ailes was forced to leave Fox News, then became an adviser to Trump’s campaign.
But none of this looks weird at all (wink wink). It’s all just a coinky dink, I’m sure.
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