Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara is joining CNN as its senior legal analyst.
President Donald Trump fired him from his U.S. Attorney post in March. Bharara, a consistent critic of the administration, has also started a podcast, "Stay Tuned With Preet," where he said that Trump first asked him to stay in his post.
"Had I not been fired, and had Donald Trump continued to cultivate a direct personal relationship with me, it’s my strong belief at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would’ve asked me to do something inappropriate," Bharara said on Wednesday. "And I would’ve resigned then. I don’t know for a fact, but that’s my strong belief."
Bharara has kept up with his public profile and currently has about 440,000 followers on Twitter.
Bharara will be joined at CNN by the former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub. Shaub will be a contributor for the network and has also been critical of the Trump administration, Politico reports:
CNN will probably mine the expertise of both Bharara and Shaub to comment on major investigations and ethical concerns in the Trump administration.