Corruption

Fired U.S. Attorney Was Investigating Fox News

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump asked for the resignation of dozens of U.S. attorneys over the weekend including Preet Bharara, the attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan.

According to New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who has done excellent reporting on the wider Fox News scandal, Bharara was closing in on Fox executives for conducting illegal surveillance of their employees, among other things.

It's not normal to fire a U.S. attorney in the middle of an investigation, especially after a federal grand jury has already been convened, and the short-list of Bharara's possible replacements isn't raising suspicion so much as it's blowing an air-horn.

The probe, according to sources, is looking at a number of potential crimes, including whether Fox News executives broke laws by allegedly obtaining journalists’ phone records or committed mail and wire fraud by hiding financial settlements paid to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Sources told me that prosecutors have been offering witnesses immunity to testify before a federal grand jury that’s already been impaneled. [...]

“They’re really worried,” one source close to the network said. Another insider said that Fox News executives considered the investigation “political” because Bharara had been appointed by Barack Obama. Which is why, for Murdoch, it must be a relief that Bharara’s replacement could be an ally. According to the Times, Trump’s short list to replace Bharara includes Marc Mukasey — who just happens to be former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’s personal lawyer.

When it's this obvious, what more needs to be said?

Politicization of the Justice Department under George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzalez may look quaint by the time the Trump regime is finished. It's extremely important for Democrats to regain control of Congress so they can push back against a corrupt executive branch.

  • muselet

    I wonder what Fox News didn’t report on Donald Trump to be owed this favor.

    Sadly, not so very long ago, I’d have dismissed a thought like that as excessively cynical.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      You don’t think it might begin with an R and wiggle along for four letters to end in an a, do you? ‘Course you don’t, that’d be… Well, expected, I guess. And not excessively cynical by any measure.

      • muselet

        It’s possible it’s that word.

        It’s also possible it’s Trump’s connections to the Russian mob. Or Trump’s actual net worth. Or any of a thousand other things that would make him beholden to FNC.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Unreal…

    To replace a US attorney known as “The Sheriff of Wall St.” with the personal attorney of Roger fucking Ailes is turning corruption into a flag and waving it all over the place.

    I don’t how much more obvious corruption can possibly get. This is what happens when you elect Republicans. It’s not just Trump. It’s the entire GOP. Occasionally voting these people out of power is no longer sustainable for the country. The GOP needs to razed. Root & branch. Salt the earth. Nothing grows back.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I don’t how much more obvious corruption can possibly get. This is what happens when you elect Republicans

      Nailed it.

  • It’s not just “extremely important”, it’s imperative to shoring up the Rule of Law, the very basis of our Democracy.