President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with crusader Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara today at Trump Tower. This was discovered by NBC News, it was unannounced, and the agenda is not known. But there is speculation this could be about the Clinton’s. However, the NY Post believes this meeting is about keeping his job:
The pow-wow between the two heavy hitters will focus on whether Wall Street- and political corruption-buster Bharara will remain as the Southern District’s top prosecutor, said one source familiar with the matter.
“Usually what happens is the president of a different party usually puts in his own US attorney, but we’ll have to see on this one,” the source said, adding, “Should be interesting because Preet is high profile.”
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and one-time state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos are on their way to federal prison; former key aides to Gov. Cuomo await formal indictment in separate scandals; and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has been hamstrung by at least five investigations — most of them conducted, initiated, or materially aided by Bharara.
Not since Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey went after Tammany Hall to splendid effect some 80 years ago has a single prosecutor had the effect on political corruption in New York that Bharara has already achieved. Yet for all of that, much remains to be done, with not much time to do it if standard succession conventions are observed.
But he was also investigating the Clinton Foundation, and as far as we know, still is:
Hillary Clinton escaped prosecution for her conduct during her tenure at the State Department – her family’s foundation may not be so fortunate.
The FBI has multiple investigations on the books involving the Clinton Foundation, according to The Daily Caller.
The one in New York City, where the charity is based, is reportedly headed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a prosecutor who made a name for himself in the midst of the the financial crisis by acting on fraud and public corruption cases.
When previously asked about investigations into the Clinton Foundation FBI Director James Comey refused to answer:
‘I’m not going to comment on the existence or nonexistence of other investigations,’ he said at the time.
So while Clinton may be out of the woods regarding her emails, the pay-to-play allegations of the Clinton Foundation may still be under investigation. If so, Trump’s announcement that he would not pursue charges against Clinton over her emails may have been a head fake.