On Friday, Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, after asking him to stay on. 46 other U.S attorneys from the Obama administration were also asked to resign. While that’s not too unusual for a new administration, it raised red flags after Trump asked Bharara to remain at his position. And now, the story is taking a strange turn.
Then-prez-elect Trump met with @PreetBharara in November, asked him to stay on the job, told him to go tell cameras “I asked you to stay”…
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 11, 2017
But then on Friday, Bharara was abruptly fired. Former FBI agents referred to Bharara as a ‘rockstar’ in the law enforcement community. In 2015, he busted a Russian spy ring in New York City. The man has a stellar reputation but Trump suddenly wanted him gone.
As it happens, the amateur president’s decision to fire him happened as Bharara’s office was reportedly probing Fox News over the network’s alleged failure to inform shareholders about repeated settlements for allegations of sexual harassment and assault by former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and other executives against female employees, Media Matters reports.
The disgraced Roger Ailes left Fox News after a flurry of sexual harassment allegations, the most notably by Gretchen Carlson, who sued Ailes, and settled in court for $20 million. Carlson isn’t the only victim. Apparently, it isn’t just a problem with Ailes at Fox News. About a dozen women told the New York Times that “they had experienced some form of sexual harassment or intimidation at Fox News or the Fox Business Network. A half dozen more women said they had witnessed it.
The network settled with former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder in February for more than $2.5 million after she said she was sexually assaulted by an executive at the company’s headquarters two years ago.
On February 15th it was reported that the Justice Department had been investigating Fox News for months over failing to inform shareholders about settlements with employees who had pressed charges against Ailes for sexual harassment.
And this totally doesn’t look suspicious:
ABC News reported that Preet Bharara’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which includes much of New York City where 21st Century Fox is headquartered, was “conducting a criminal investigation into Fox News.”
According to reports, Trump may pick one of Ailes’ former lawyers to replace Bharara.
Reminder: In the leaked pussy grabbing tapes before the election, Trump can be heard saying, “I moved on her like a bitch.”
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