June. 12: Preet Bharara, former U.S Attorney who was sacked by Donald Trump, has asserted strongly that there is "absolutely evidence" to initiate a lawsuit against the President of the United States. "[But] there's no basis to say there's no obstruction".
Comey was sacked by the president in May, ostensibly for doing a bad job leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but this decision sparked criticism and skepticism since the feds were investigating Trump's campaign for alleged collusion with the Russian government in winning the 2016 election.
Bharara also recounted how he was sacked by Trump after refusing to take an "inappropriate" phone call from the president.
Trump followed that up with three phone calls over the next three months. Bharara also said that "to this day" he still has "no idea" why he was sacked.
"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".
Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Saturday cancelled planned appearances at a pair of appropriations panels on Tuesday and instead said he would appear before the intelligence committee, to answer questions about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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.
So this argument that one keeps hearing on the TV shows that the mere fact that the president can fire an official at will does not solve the problem, the former top prosecutor said. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump said in a tweet Sunday.
Bharara's account echoes the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that Trump contacted him directly by phone numerous times between the presidential transition and Comey's own dismissal last month.
"That's not the word I use", Bharara said. "And 22 hours later I was asked to resign along with 45 other people", he added.
"The call came in". After consulting with his staff, Bharara opted against returning that third call, and was promptly fired. "I don't understand why the president doesn't clear this matter up once and for all".