For Immediate Release, March 11, 2017

President Donald J. Trump has fired Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New
York. This comes on the heels of Bharara stating that he would not comply with Attorney General Jeff Sessions demand yesterday that 46 U.S. Attorneys resign from their positions. Last year, then President-Elect Trump had specifically asked Bharara to remain in his position.

“Following previous reports that Mr. Bharara was asked to remain in his role as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the South Asian Bar Association of North America is disappointed in the President’s decision to terminate him this morning,” said President Vichal Kumar. “A member, supporter and friend of SABA, Mr. Bharara’s legacy is one that South Asian legal professionals and the greater legal community can only hope to emulate. His dedication to public service throughout his career is exemplified by his devotion to protecting the rights of all communities and not shying away from the toughest challenges. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck.”