- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a senior legal analyst six months after being fired by President Trump.

CNN has signed Mr. Bharara, 48, Politico first reported Wednesday, and he’s slated to make his first network appearance as a senior legal analyst Sunday morning on “State of the Union with Jake Tapper,” CNN correspondent Brian Stelter confirmed afterwards.

Mr. Bharara was appointed in 2009 to serve as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, making him the federal government’s top prosecutor in Manhattan prior to being fired by the president earlier this year.

Mr. Trump told Mr. Bharara he could keep his job as U.S. attorney shortly after winning the 2016 White House race, but changed course after taking office and ultimately requested the resignations of all 46 federal prosecutors appointed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. Mr. Bharara refused to resign and was subsequently fired March 11.

Mr. Bharara has since been an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump and has frequently railed against the White House from his widely followed Twitter account.

Earlier Wednesday, meanwhile, Mr. Bharara published the first episode of his new podcast, “Stay Tuned with Preet,” where he discussed his termination at length.

“It’s my strong belief that at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would have asked me to do something inappropriate,” Mr. Bharara said. “And I would have resigned then.”

“W/all due respect to Twitter, I’m glad for the thoughtful & roomy platform of a podcast. Can’t live by 140-character quips alone,” he tweeted Wednesday evening.

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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