The former United States AttorneyPreet Bharara,has mocked the President's defence against accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he brought up the issue of possible Russian tampering in the US 2016 presidential race at the G20 summit in Hamburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Trump said that Putin ‘vehemently denied’ the suggestion.
Former US Attorney for Manhattan, New York, Preet Bharara tweeted this in response to the news:
When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he "vehemently denied it," we ju… https://t.co/zCDe81roth— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara) 1499604054
The tweet, dripping with sarcasm, has been shared more than twice as many times as the President's tweet on the matter.
The firing of Preet Bharara
US administrations like to have a clean slate of appointed officials, particularly when one party takes power for another.
As a courtesy many politically appointed officials, such as the country's 46 US attorneys, submit their resignations.
Bharara refused to resign when the Trump Administration took office, and was therefore formally fired by President Trump's newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, in which then President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team were based, 30 November 2016 (Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
When Bharara quit, he said:
Now I know how the Moreland Commission felt.
The Moreland Commission was an anti-corruption investigation in 2013 which was shut down in 2014 by the politician it was investigating.
At the time Bharara pledged to continue its work.
Judd Legum, a writer at Think Progress, attempted to decode this reference.
Legum suggested that the reference implied Bahara had been investigating the President or else possible election tampering, and that his investigation had been shut down.
In June, the former FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau was looking into claims of election tampering but that nobody from the White House has asked them to stop this investigation
During the election the computers of the Democractic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign were hacked by at least one entity linked to Russian military intelligence agencies.
The New York Times has reported that two entities gained access to DNC servers during the 2016 race.
The presidential election was one of the closest in US history.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of 2.1 per cent, but lost the electoral college by 77 votes to President Donald Trump.