Ex-prosecutor wouldn't take Trump's phone call, fired next day
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara attends the Senate Intelligence Committee where FBI Director James Comey is sent to testify in the Hart Senate Office Building. June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photograph: (Facebook)
Ex-prosecutor Preet Bharara told ABC News today that he was fired after refusing to pick up Donald Trump's phone calls.
Bharara says that President Trump tried to "cultivate a relationship" with him. Trump had asked him to stay on as the chief federal law enforcement officer, where Bharara had jurisdiction to investigate business interests in New York. Trump's business empire is based in New York.
Trump made two phone calls to Bharara while president-elect, "sensibly, just to shoot the breeze", Bharara says, then a final call after he became president. Bharara says he didn't return this call, then he was fired.
Watch the above clip and watch Bharara describe how he thought the president's conduct was inappropriate.
Bharara's statement comes days after ex-FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he told lawmakers that he believed Trump was trying to pressure him to drop the investigation into the former head of national security Michael Flynn, which was a part of the probe into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election.
Comey says Trump asked for "loyalty", and instead Comey said he would give the president "honest loyalty".
Trump fired Comey.