After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Preet Bharara agreed Wednesday to remain at his post as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the new administration.
Mr. Bharara, who was appointed by President Obama, confirmed that he accepted Mr. Trump’s offer to stay on the job after a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“The president-elect asked — presumably because he’s a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years — asked to meet with me to discuss whether or not I’d be prepared to stay on as the United States attorney to do the work we have done, independently, without fear or favor for the last seven years,” he told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower.
Mr. Bharara runs one one of the most important U.S. attorney’s office in the country, handling a heavy load of corruption, white-collar, cybercrime and terrorism cases.
He said that he has already spoken to Sen. Jeff Sessions, whom Mr. Trump nominated for attorney general, about continuing to serve as U.S. attorney.
“He also asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I will be continuing to work at the southern district,” Mr. Bharara said.