After reports this morning stated that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had not sent in his resignation as requested by Jeff Sessions, the (now former) U.S. attorney announced on Twitter that he was fired by the Trump administration.
I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017
There was no immediate successor lined up to take over for Bharara at the moment. At the time of his firing, Bharara's office was investigating Mayor de Blasio's fundraising practices and was also looking into whether Fox News misled investors by not disclosing payments they made to employees who were sexually harassed.
The firing has already spurred talk of Bharara running for either mayor or governor (with the only wrinkle in the mayoral race being the whole thing about how he Bharara doesn't actually live in New York City).
Update: Bharara released a statement:
“Today, I was fired from my position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Serving my country as U.S. Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live. One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served. I want to thank the amazing people of the Southern District of New York, the greatest public servants in the world, for everything they do each day in pursuit of justice. They will continue to do the great work of the Office under the leadership of Joon H. Kim, the current Deputy U.S. Attorney, who will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney.”