There's evidence to open case against Trump: Bharara

Emmett Rice
June 12, 2017

The recollections add a new dimension to the intensifying debate over Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, who was removed from his job after private conversations with Trump that he viewed as inappropriate.

"I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case", said Bhahara.

"There's some evidence in the record now ... that Donald Trump didn't think anything of asking a high-level law enforcement official to take a particular action that he wanted for himself on a criminal case", he said on ABC.

Bhara waved off claims from Trump's GOP allies, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who have said the PResident's authority to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director is proper justification.

Bharara added he never had a phone conversation with Obama while he was in office, but he received three phone calls from Trump between Trump's election and his firing.

"You've got someone who has a reputation for probity, someone who has a reputation for telling the truth, someone who has contemporaneous notes on what happened in these meetings and in these conversations", Bharara said about Comey.

"You know, it doesn't bother me", he told Stephanopoulos.

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"To this day, I have no idea why I was sacked", said Bharara, who stressed he was not alleging a direct connection between his refusal to speak to Trump by telephone and his subsequent dismissal.

Mark Corallo, a spokesperson for President Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, defended the president on Twitter, calling Preet Bharara "a resistance Democrat" who "deserved to be fired", for not taking the President's call.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week", Bharara said Trump called him twice as president-elect, "ostensibly just to shoot the breeze".

Bharara also recounted how he was sacked by Trump after refusing to take an "inappropriate" phone call from the president.

Bharara also said he thinks Comey told the truth under oath while testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. While it may not be extraordinary behavior in the corporate world Bharara argued that "the Justice Department is different". Bharara said hypothetically there is the authority to investigate all sorts of interests relating to a President which is why there are strict guidelines in place about what can or cannot be talked about.

Bharara weighed in Sunday on the Senate testimony of another man fired by the commander-in-chief: former FBI Director James Comey.

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