Preet Bharara, the high-profile U.S. attorney unceremoniously fired by President Trump, has embraced the commander in chief’s favorite communications platform: Twitter.
Bharara created a personal Twitter account shortly before being ousted in March, but he told Yahoo News last week that the timing was a coincidence.
“I do not have a firing crystal ball,” he said, citing a departmental rules change about personal social media accounts.
Since then, he has accumulated nearly 300,000 followers through a mix of patriotic musings, legal commentary and a heavy dose of caustic wit.
“I think some conduct deserves to be satirized and ridiculed,” Bharara said.
Indeed, he’s mused about being drunk enough to retweet Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera’s commentary after Trump did precisely that.
If I drank each time a knee-jerk partisan called me “disgruntled” in a tweet today, would I be drunk enough to RT Geraldo Rivera? Prolly not https://t.co/y6CKNTMAnw
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 12, 2017
… and wondered aloud how to get his mom off his back:
… after invoking a Founding Father to rib Congress:
“I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” – John Adams https://t.co/XoQZGI3gw7
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 1, 2017
Characterizing his 140-character habit as little more than a “fun, occasional sideline,” Bharara denied yearning during his tenure as U.S. attorney for the same freedom he now enjoys as private citizen.
“When you’re overseeing criminal prosecutions — or you’re president of the United States, for that matter — you should speak in a particular voice, you should, I think, have a particular kind of restraint,” Bharara said pointedly.
In other words, “My personality hasn’t changed, my position has changed.”
That credo is in direct contrast to the undisciplined style favored by Trump, who has lately taken to blasting out freewheeling, multipart