Jun 13, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump's personal lawyer reportedly urged him to fire Bharara

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP; Andrew Harnik / AP

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer, told associates that he had a hand in Trump's decision to fire Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, earlier this year, per ProPublica.

The key quote: Kasowitz reportedly told Trump that Bharara was "going to get" him, according to ProPublica's sources.

Why this matters: While the president has the power to hire and fire U.S. attorneys, it's just another potential entanglement of Trump's personal relationships and his duty to govern — especially after Trump asked Bharara to stay in his job last November before eventually firing him in March.

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