Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Has a Book Deal

Preet Bharara

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New York (AP) -- Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney fired earlier this year by President Donald Trump, has a book deal.

Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that Bharara was working on a book about the "search for justice" that would come out early in 2019. Bharara was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for 7 1/2 years. His prominent cases included the conviction of Sheldon Silver, former Speaker of the New York State Assembly. Bharara was fired abruptly by Trump in March and has since said the president tried to cultivate a relationship with him, potentially compromising his independence. He has called the conversations "weird and peculiar."

Bharara expects to "address the circumstances that led to his firing," Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said Thursday.

Bharara said in a statement issued through Knopf that his book, not yet titled, was about law, but also "integrity" and "moral reasoning."

"The law is merely an instrument, and without the involvement of human hands, it is as lifeless and uninspiring as a violin kept in its case," Bharara said. "People will regard a result as just if they regard the process leading to it as fair and if they believe the people responsible for it are fair-minded. That is the process I want to illuminate in this book."

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