After mulling his career options following his dismissal by President Donald Trump, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has determined his next career choice.
On Tuesday, Bharara, who lives in Westchester, was named as a distinguished scholar in residence at the NYU School of Law. He takes over his new position beginning on April 1. He heads to NYU after reportedly flirting with potential television gigs.
As part of an attempt to clear any holdovers from Obama's tenure in office, Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was among 46 U.S. attorneys that were ordered to resign by Trump’s administration without warning. Bharara ultimately refused to resign and was dismissed by the president after a brief following a standoff.
Obama nominated Bharara to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York on May 15, 2009. His nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, 2009, and he was sworn in on Aug. 13, 2009.
A former chief counsel of Bharara’s, 45-year-old Joon Kim, has been appointed as the acting U.S. Attorney in the district until a candidate is nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate later this year.
Bharara made a name for himself during his near decade in office, targeting big names such as former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, J.P. Morgan Chase and the Big Money Bosses, when he charged 120 gang members with various offenses, ending a nine-year run in the Bronx. He has also investigated Mayor Bill de Blasio and Trump himself.
“I am honored to join the NYU School of Law, one of the great educational institutions in America, and I welcome the chance to contribute in such a thoughtful setting,” Bharara said in a statement. “I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about—criminal and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights, and corporate accountability, to name a few.”
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