Preet Bharara sent email messages to the Justice Department officials to inform them about the telephone call he had with US State Secretary of President Donald Trump. He received the call at least a day before resigning to his post last March.
Bharara is a former US Attorney and ousted from his position.
According from the news information shared by BuzzFeed, former US Attorney Preet Bharara sent email messages to the Justice Department officials and informing them about the phone call he got from the US Secretary of President Trump. Based on his statement, he received the call at least a day before resigning to his post a few months ago.
“At approximately 4:41 pm, on 3/9/17, I received the following voicemail at work: ‘Hi, Mr. Bharara. This is Madeline Westerhout calling from President Donald Trump’s office. If you could please give me a call back at that would be great. Thanks,’ “written by Bharara on March 9 as quoted by the news.
“After receiving that message, I immediately consulted with the Deputy U.S. Attorney, Joon Kim, about the propriety of returning the call. We printed out and reviewed a copy of the May 11, 2009 (as well as he December 19, 2007) Memos relating to Communications with the White House,” he added.
Bharara, who is the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, likewise contacted the chief of staff of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions Jody Hunt, the same day he sent the emails.
“I advised him of the phone call from the President, and we discussed the propriety of speaking with the President in light of all the circumstances, including appearances issues,”said Bharara and described his conversation with Hunt through an email sent to chief counsel Joan Loughnane as well as Deputy U.S. Attorney Joon Kim.
There is also an issue about preventing Bharara from contacting the US President and he mentioned this through the email he sent.
According to the former US Attorney, President Trump called him several times since December 2016 and describing the calls “unusual,” which he revealed during an ABC’s This Week interview this June. However, he never made a return phone call after declaring Trump as the head of the White House.
Unfortunately, his decision to coordinate with the Justice Department came out after receiving the voicemail from the secretary of President Trump.
“I was in discussions with my own folks, and in reporting the phone call to the chief of staff to the attorney general I said, it appeared to be that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship,” explained by Bharara. “It’s a very weird and peculiar thing for a one-on-one conversation without the attorney general, without warning between the president and me or any United States attorney who has been asked to investigate various things and is in a position hypothetically to investigate business interests and associates of the president,” he continued.
The comments of the former US Attorney came after the testimony of James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee who wrote memos that will venerate his interactions with the President and Bharara think that this is not a correct decision.