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CNN’s Preet Bharara nails how Trump’s ‘hand-picked’ federal prosecutors turned on him with Cohen raid

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Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara pointed out Monday that the Justice Department officials who approved the warrant to raid the president’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen were “hand-picked” by Donald Trump himself — and that they may be turning against him.

Bharara, who was fired by Trump last year from his role leading the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the people chosen to replace him and his deputy June Kim “are all people who are Republican and are all people who were basically hand-picked by Donald Trump.”

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It’s “very sensitive” to search an attorney’s residence and office, Bharara noted, and it “requires the personal approval of the United States attorney himself” and the DOJ’s criminal justice division.

“If it’s true that the Southern District of New York has taken over this part of the investigation based on a referral from [special counsel Robert] Mueller’s office, it’s being done because people think it’s very serious, people think it’s totally warranted and people think there’s evidence of a significant enough nature that you’ll risk doing something sensitive like raiding a law office.”

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