It is not uncommon for incoming Presidential Administrations to ask for the resignations of political appointees from prior Administrations. However, it is VERY rare for the President to call the person he wants to resign. The protocol would require that call to come from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
What is even more uncommon is for that President to fire that person for not taking that call, even if the rules require that HE not take that call.
“Bharara contacted Justice Department headquarters for authorization to speak to the president on Thursday, according to detailed account from the law enforcement source. When he apparently did not receive it, he called back the woman who had contacted him to say he did not want to talk to Trump without the approval of his superiors.”
But let’s be honest, the phone call had absolutely NOTHING to do with President Trump firing this Attorney for the Justice Department. No matter how well the White House spins this, there was more to it.
Bharara just happened to be investigating Trump for his possible violations of the emoluments clause. End of story that was the REAL reason.
The emoluments clause is from Article I of the Constitution:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
The legal community finds itself evenly split over whether the payments that Trump takes from foreign governments at his hotels or resorts actually is an emolument, but something is suspect when the lawyer investigating the possibility receives a phone call from the President he is investigating and being unable to sway him, fires him.
Something is not right in the swamp.
Imagine how many Congressional investigations would be called for if this were Obama or Hillary?