"Today, I was fired from my position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York," Bharara said in a statement that was released on Saturday. "Serving my country as U.S. attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live."
Bharara's announcement came a day after the Department of Justice asked all U.S. attorneys except two remaining as holdovers from the Obama administration to step down.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who frequently battled with Trump online on behalf of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, fired off a storm of tweets today questioning the motives of the president in removing Bharara from his post.
".@realDonaldTrump talked a big game about getting corruption out of gov. But he wants a bunch of tame prosecutors who won’t investigate him," Warren wrote. "Weeks ago, @realDonaldTrump promised to keep Preet Bharara as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan. Yesterday, Preet was fired. Why?"
Warren went on to praise Bharara as "a fearless prosecutor who stands up to both parties [and] Wall Street," and noted similarities between this instance and the dismissal of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, suggesting that the president preferred "a loyalist" like Jeff Sessions.
"You can't fire the rule of law, @realDonaldTrump. You can't shut down ongoing investigations by career prosecutors," Warren concluded.
Other elected officials -- primarily from New York State -- took to Twitter, as well, and echoed the aforementioned sentiments:
New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (Democrat)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York)
New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (Republican)
New York State Assembly Leader Brian Kolb (Republican)
Former Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York)
Koppleman tweeted, "You're a great man, Preet. An inspiration. Can't wait to see what's next. Tech advisor + cameo???"
And Levien tweeted, "Writing staff?"