The US Attorney for the Southern District of NY declined to take the call and instead contacted the Justice Department to ask for permission to talk to the president but he was denied, the official told Reuters in a Sunday report. "Moments ago I was sacked", Bharara tweeted on Saturday using his recently created personal account.
The ousted federal prosecutor said he was "fired" Saturday after the Justice Department asked him and 45 other USA attorneys to resign.
He first called attorney general Jeff Sessions's chief of staff Jody Hunt to alert Justice Department to the call from the president's office and expressed concern about contacts between President and federal prosecutors, the report said.
On November 30, President Trump asked Mr. Bharara to stay on as the US attorney in Manhattan after the two met in NY.
But the decision to ask for Bharara's resignation came as a surprise, as he reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position after Trump took office.
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSchumer "troubled" by Sessions's request for USA attorneys" resignations Why Jeff Sessions must resign Schumer promises Dems will try to defeat "Trumpcare' MORE (D-N.Y.) heralded Bharara as an "exemplary USA attorney". Not least because Trump has yet to put forward any candidates to fill the posts. "He will be sorely missed", Schumer's statement said.
A US law enforcement official said over the weekend Bharara didn't take the call because he didn't want to talk to the president without the approval of his superiors.
The law enforcement source declined comment on whether the office had any active investigations related to Trump.
New York Magazine editor Gabriel Sherman pointed out on Twitter that the attorney for Ailes was on the "shortlist" to replace Bharara.
One day later, Bharara was asked to resign. In an e mail sent to his staff, Bharara wrote that acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente had removed him from his job.
He became known for aggressive prosecution of Wall Street crime following the financial crisis.
The prosecutor from NY declined to take the call because of guidelines limiting contact between federal prosecutors and the president.
The Department of Justice and Sessions also have oversight over the SDNY's work, lawyers said.
"I think that, again, what has been happening is that there is an air of distrust that has been brought on by President Trump himself", he added.
Three watchdog groups, on Wednesday, had asked Bharara to take steps to prevent the Trump Organisation from receiving benefits from foreign governments. His jurisdiction included Trump Tower in Manhattan, and his firing comes one week after Trump claimed, without any evidence, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped the building.