The fallout from the dismissal of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara continued, as sources claimed President Trump inappropriately contacted Bharara before his administration fired almost every U.S. attorney still left over from the Obama administration.

According to the Times, an aide to President Trump called Bharara's office on Thursday and asked if he would speak with the president. The call violated normal protocol around when and how the president should directly speak to federal prosecutors, so two sources told the Times that Bharara informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the call and then told President Trump's aide that he couldn't speak with the president. The sources told the paper they weren't sure what President Trump was attempting to accomplish with the phone call.

Trump administration officials told Politico that despite the fact that the firings took place after a Sean Hannity broadcast suggesting Obama holdovers were working against the president, the firings had been planned for a number of weeks. A source in the office of the Southern District told the site that the office's open investigations would continue even without Bharara.

In his Axios newsletter, Mike Allen suggested that the Trump administration's decision to fire 46 U.S. attorneys was mostly driven by a desire to get rid of Bharara:

There's a school of thought that the whole purge was about Preet in the first place: He's a maverick, his Southern District of New York is powerful, U.S. attorneys have significant independence, and he has jurisdiction over Trump Tower. And he recently launched a personal Twitter feed.

If Preet ever flexed his muscles to undermine Trump, he'd be hard to stop. Better to ax him when you can.

Errol Louis, in a tribute to Bharara in the News wrote that "The Bharara era, for those of us who lived through it, will long stand as an example of the central need of our democracy to police what goes on in the nation's financial boardrooms and political back rooms."

Given that reputation, a couple of political consultants told the Post that Bharara was well-positioned for a run for office in New York or New Jersey. "Democrats are desperately searching for a hero right now and he’s smartly stepped into that void," former de Blasio spokesperson and current consultant Lis Smith told the paper. Consultant Susan del Percio told the paper that Bharara might have challenged Trump to fire him because "should he chose to run for office in the northeast being fired by Donald Trump would be considered an asset."

Speculation about Bharara's political future has included challenging either Mayor de Blasio or Governor Cuomo for their offices in upcoming elections, making a play for a Congressional seat if Westchester representative Nita Lowey retires soon or maybe a run for office in New Jersey since the Post notes Bharara's family owns a home in Monmouth County. All of which make sense, but has anyone every considered this: