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Trump Says “You’re Fired” –– But NY AG Says “You’re Hired.”

[DIGEST: WSJ, NYT, NPR, NY Daily News, Business Insider, NY Daily News]

On March 11, President Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara, the intrepid U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Just days later, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman turned around and hired one of Bharara’s top public corruption prosecutors, Howard Master, to lead an all-out legal assault against the Trump administration.

In time, President Trump may come to regret letting Bharara go, inadvertently freeing up some of his top prosecutorial firepowers and allowing it to be trained on the Trump administration itself.

According to Schneiderman’s office, Master “will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, affirmative federal litigation and complex civil litigation.”

Eric Schneiderman. (Credit:

Master is best known for successfully prosecuting the case against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was arrested in 2015 on corruption charges and faces a 12-year prison sentence pending appeal. The prosecution of Silver was the capstone of an anti-corruption campaign by Bharara that resulted in more than 12 convictions or guilty pleas of NY state lawmakers.

This move by Schneiderman should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following his career in the  Trump era. In February, Schneiderman filed suit to block Trump’s original immigration executive order and then did the same in March when the second ill-fated EO made its debut.

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Todd Beeton

Todd Beeton is Senior Content Editor for The Social Edge. Before that, he served as Digital Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign, directing her social media content and strategy over four election cycles. During the 2008 election, Todd blogged about the presidential election as a front page blogger and editor for, a national progressive political site.