By Friday evening, US attorneys around the country - including New Jersey, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Montana - had publicly announced their resignations.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' request that Obama-appointed attorneys quit was met with shock and dismay by pundits, many of whom argued Friday night that doing so was a poor decision.
Numerous federal prosecutors who were nominated by former President Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the almost four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of the Trump administration have been asked to leave "in order to ensure a uniform transition", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.
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The Southern District of NY, the prominent post to which Obama appointed Bharara in 2009, includes the Manhattan and Bronx boroughs as well as neighboring areas just north of the city.
On November 30, President Trump asked Mr. Bharara to stay on as the USA attorney in Manhattan after the two met in NY. "Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honour of my professional life", Bharara tweeted.
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But such resignations are not automatic, and it isn't unusual for a US attorney to stay on through a new administration. "Moments ago I was sacked", he wrote.
Mr Bharara's inclusion in the list came as a particular surprise. What is odd in this case is that in a meeting, Trump asked Bharara specifically to stay on after Trump won, only to retract that offer on Friday, approximately 50 days into the Trump Administration.
Time magazine famously lauded Bharara on its cover as the man who is "busting Wall Street", after he handled a string of high-profile corruption and white-collar criminal cases.
When he was asked to step down Bharara had been overseeing probes into associates of New York's governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as well as the administration of the city's Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio.
Bharara's deputy Joon H. Kim will serve as acting U.S. Attorney, Bharara said.
Huber acknowledged in a December 2015 interview with The Spectrum & Daily News, a few months after he was confirmed as President Barack Obama's selection to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney David Barlow, that the states' lead federal prosecutors are appointed by the president and the approaching end of Obama's term left his job security tentative.