Seven years into the job, Preet Bharara is ready to extend his tenure as chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan. Bharara emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump yesterday saying he was asked to remain at his post and he agreed, a move that was welcomed by New York City lawyers, reports the New York Law Journal. “The president-elect … presumably because he’s a New Yorker and is aware of [the] great work that our office has done over the past seven years, asked to meet with me and discuss whether or not I’m prepared to stay on as U.S. attorney to do the work as we have done it, without fear or favor, for the last seven years,” Bharara said.
The decision cements Bharara’s position as one of the top U.S. law enforcement figures. Two more years on the job will make him the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the history of the Southern District of New York. The decision to maintain the status quo provides continuity in one of the largest U.S. Attorney’s offices, with 227 prosecutors, 167 of them in the Criminal Division. Bharara’s tenure has been marked by a steady emphasis on white-collar crime. In the area of insider trading, Bharara has been forced to fight a rear-guard action as some convictions have been vacated, and some cases dismissed, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has set a higher bar for prosecutors.