Top Democrat: Trump's dismissal of US attorney Preet Bharara raises 'a lot of questions'

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings is on the House Oversight Committee.

“Just not very long ago, the president was saying that he was going to keep the U.S. attorney there in New York and then suddenly he’s, I guess, changed his mind,” Cummings said on ABC's "This Week." “There's a lot of questions coming up as to whether … President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney.”

Bharara and all of the 45 other U.S. attorneys remaining as holdovers from the Obama administration were told by the Justice Department on Friday to resign. Bharara did not resign immediately and on Saturday announced he was "fired."

Two days before the Justice Department asked the U.S. attorneys to resign, a group of ethics watchdogs wrote a letter asking Bharara to investigate whether Trumps’ businesses are receiving financial benefits from foreign governments, which would violate the emoluments clause in the Constitution. The Trump Organization's main offices are in Manhattan, which was Bharara's district.

Asked by Stephanopoulos on whether he thinks "there might be a connection" between the letter and Bharara's dismissal, Cummings said: "There very well may -- very well may be."

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