Preet Bharara Tells Ari Melber Why He Briefly Considered Taping Call with Trump


Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York who was infamously fired by President Donald Trump in early 2017, spoke with MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight about how he briefly considered taping a call with the president.

Bharara reflected on his conversations with Trump before and after his inauguration, saying he was concerned about the March 2017 call and the mere appearance of it.

“While there are critiques of Donald Trump that allege that he is not that informed or not that good at this,” Melber said, “your concern was that he might be very informed and trying to cultivate you or involve you in something that you viewed as potentially improper.”

“I had come to that conclusion over time and the months since,” Bharara said. “But in that moment we actually considered––it sounds not as crazy as it did back then, because now we know about Michael Cohen recording the president and Omarosa recording the president…”

Melber asked, “You considered what?”

“Taping the president in that phone call,” Bharara responded.

He said he had a “certain amount of mistrust” and added, “It would be my word against his, if he decides to say something inappropriate, which I didn’t necessarily know was going to happen.”

That’s why the issue of Rod Rosenstein maybe or maybe not joking about wearing a wire to record Trump resonated with him. Bharara doesn’t think Rosenstein was joking.

Ultimately, he added, he deemed it a “bridge too far” and felt it would not be appropriate or the right thing to do.

NBC News’ report notes that Bharara has previously talked about briefly considering recording Trump on his podcast.

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