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Preet Bharara on President Trump: ‘I was done with him’

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Former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara talks about his former boss, President Donald Trump.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has gone on a tell-all about his apparently tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, saying he “was done with” the leader even before he was handed his walking papers. Bharara said he received a phone call from Trump just two days before he was fired, and did not return the call.

“I was doing everyone a favor by not returning the call. I was doing the President a favor by not returning the call,” Bharara said during a conversation last week with New York University’s School of Law Dean Trevor Morrison.

Now, Bharara has sounded off on another polarizing topic: the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

Bharara, in an op-ed published May 14 in the Washington Post, has called for the appointment of independent counsel to lead the investigation into allegations that Russians tampered with the outcome of last year’s general election.

“Jim Comey was once my boss and remains my friend. I know that many people are mad at him. He has at different times become a cause for people’s frustration and anger on both sides of the aisle. Some of those people may have a point… I am proud to know a man who had the courage to say no to a president,” Bharara wrote.

“And in the tumult of this time, many should be asking, Are there still public servants who are prepared to say no to the president?” he wrote. “Given the manner of Comey’s firing and the pre textual reasons proffered for it, there is no other way,” Bharara added.

He referred to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a former colleague and the man now charged with leading the Russia investigation, as “a respected career prosecutor,” but added the need for a special investigator is only further amplified when taking into consideration reports that White House aides said Rosenstein’s initial recommendation to Trump of axing Comey resulted in his demise.

“Given the manner of Comey’s firing and the pre textual reasons proffered for it, there is no other way,” he wrote. Rosenstein has “mostly deserved the doubts he generated,” Bharara added.

“History will judge this moment,” Bharara said. “It’s not too late to get it right, and justice demands it,” he wrote in closing.

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Indian national dies in ICE custody in Arizona

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — An Indian national died in Arizona near the California border while being held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the second person in a month to die at that location.

ICE officials said 21 year old Simratpal Singh was found unresponsive and not breathing while he awaited transfer to an ICE facility. ICE said earlier that day, Singh posted bond on charges of assault and sexual assault.

The Wadhwani Institute, led by Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani, won a $2M Google grant for an AI project which aims to help farmers control crop pests.

In Washington DC, Gita Gopinath, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla.

And Facebook co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg’s former roommate Chris Hughes, in an op-ed, called for the breakup of the social network.

Zoom Founder & CEO Eric Yuan, among other prominent tech scions, flocked to TiECON over the weekend. We have full coverage including our exclusive one on ones with some of the prominent leaders in Silicon Valley.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Blasts near major Sufi shrine in Lahore kills 10, wounds many

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Diya TV) — Pakistani police say a bomb targeting their forces guarding a Sufi shrine in Lahore killed at least ten people, with many more wounded. Among the dead are civilians, police officers and a security guard. Hundreds of people were nearby to mark Ramadan at the time of the explosion. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

After the New York Times released details how President Trump lost roughly $1 billion in the 1980s and 1990s, more than nearly any other American, Trump took to Twitter to defend his approach, saying his use of tax shelters was a “sport.”

As the world celebrates his 150th birth anniversary, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney expects Mahatma Gandhi to be honored this year posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award.

And global digital payment network Mastercard says they will invest $1 billion in India over the next 5 years, roughly one-third of which will be spent to set up a local payment processing center.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Colorado Muslim restaurateurs win $675K in discrimination suit

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DENVER (Diya TV) — A Colorado court ruled in favor of father and son restaurateurs Zuned & Rashad Khan to the tune of $675,000 after a landlord refused to sublease a restaurant space to them because they are Muslim.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Indian Minister of Commerce Suresh Prabhu met in New Delhi to talk trade and commerce. Bilateral ties between the nations grew more than 12% from 2017 to 2018.

In Sacramento, ten names of officers killed in the line of duty were added to the California Peace Officers’ memorial, including Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department.

And investing icon Warren Buffett said Gregory Able and Ajit Jain, who are both on the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors, would join him and business partner Charlie Munger on the stage to answer shareholder questions in the near future.

Jain is credited with being a driving force behind Berkshire Hathaway’s success in insurance.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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