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Preet Bharara gets job at NYU School of Law





Preet Bharara gets job at NYU School of Law Preet Bharara gets job at NYU School of Law

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Preet landed on his feet.

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara found his first gig since being fired on March 11 by the Trump administration.

Bharara will join the NYU School of Law as a distinguished scholar in residence as of April 1, the school announced Tuesday morning.

The crusading prosecutor's future has been the subject of much speculation since he refused to submit his resignation along with 45 other U.S. attorneys as requested by the Trump administration and instead forced it to fire him.

"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. "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."

On his Twitter account announcing the new job, Bharara hinted there could be more to come, saying, "This is one way I plan to keep working hard on important issues I care about @nyu."

Speculation has been high about a possible future political career for Bharara, even though in the past he has suggested he has no interest in running for public office.

The Daily News on Monday reported that Bradley Tusk, a one-time aide to Michael Bloomberg, had considered asking Bharara to challenge Mayor de Blasio this year in a primary. Tusk's interest cooled, however, after a few days once Bharara's old office announced it was closing an investigation into de Blasio and his associates without brining any charges.

He's also been mentioned as a possible Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Cuomo in 2018.

'I am honored to join the NYU School of Law,' tweets Bharara.

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Bharara was appointed to the powerful post of Manhattan U.S. attorney by then-President Barack Obama in 2009.

During his tenure, he attacked public corruption, winning the convictions of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, both of whom are appealing.

He also brought criminal charges against nine Cuomo associates, including former top aide and close friend Joseph Percoco. Those cases are due to go to trial this year.

He also won a number of insider trading convictions against hedge funders, though some were overturned on appeal. And he's been criticized for not bringing criminal cases against the Wall Street bankers behind the Great Recession in 2008-09.

Bharara is considered a protege of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, for whom he served as chief counsel in the Senate.


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