WASHINGTON, March 13, 2017 — When Andrew Jackson became president in 1829, the new chief executive saw the federal bureaucracy, which was comprised of holdouts from past administrations, as sabotaging his political agenda.
In response, Jackson fired nearly one-fifth of the federal workforce, replacing them with allies sympathetic to his populist cause.
“It is rotation in office,” insisted Jackson, “that will perpetuate our liberty.”
The practice continued until the passage of the Pendleton Act of 1883 that placed the first restrictions on what became known as the “spoils system” of political patronage.
Today, this is not the case for those appointees who “serve at the pleasure of the president.”
One such individual is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. He, along with 46 of his fellow lawyers were sent letters asking for their resignations by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The move is clearly designed to prevent Obama administration holdovers in the Justice Department from continuing to collude with partisan members of the U.S. intelligence community, the FBI and the FISA court concerning their espionage campaign against President Trump and members of his administration.
Along with the mainstream media, they are determined to undo the last presidential election by use of innuendo and unsubstantiated claims.
And like so many on the left, Bharara believes that what demigod and former President Barack Obama has “brought together, let no man put asunder,” and he refused to vacate his Manhattan office.
“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served,” Bharara said in a press statement.
But U.S. Attorneys are not lifetime appointees like those who warm the benches of the federal judiciary.
And no one knows this better than Sessions himself. He was the recipient of one such letter while he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. It was President Bill Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno who requested that Sessions submit his letter “of resignation, as has been asked of all Presidential appointees … I appreciate your years of public service and wish you well in the future. I thank you for your cooperation.”
Sessions, who does not suffer from an overinflated ego, left his post without the vulgar posturing of a screeching peacock.
And so, Sessions fired Bharara.
But conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has had the dubious distinction of dealing with Bharara firsthand. In 2014 D’Souza was indicted for violating campaign finance laws after it was discovered he contributed $20,000 to the Senate campaign of Wendy Long of New York, for which he pleaded guilty.
He was sentenced to five years’ probation, eight months in a halfway house and fined $30,000. D’Souza chalks up his indictment to “selective prosecution” by the Obama administration after the success of his 2012 documentary film “2016: Obama’s America.”
In a recent appearance on Fox News, D’Souza said he and oversight committees in Congress have only recently been given copies of his case file from the U.S. Attorney’s office after requests were denied for more than a year.
The government’s excuse was that the case was still “ongoing.”
“But of course, my case ended in 2014,” D’Souza noted.
“The first thing that’s highlighted inside my case file is I’m a conservative… I’m a prominent critic of the Obama administration. Now, this should be completely irrelevant in the decision about whether to prosecute me. It should be beside the point. But, of course, in Bharara’s case, it was the point,” said D’Souza.
He added that Bharara is “a ruthless and very deceitful guy.”
And as we learned from the IRS targeting scandal, conservatives were a frequent and favorite target of the Obama administration.
D’Souza described Bharara’s firing as “actually kind of nice. When I was in confinement, Bharara was laughing. Now that he’s unemployed, I’m kind-a laughing.”