Former US Attorney Preet Bharara Sunday told the ABC News that in his opinion there was enough evidence to open an investigation against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. This is an important escalation and coming from a non-partisan person like Bharara, it will be hard for the Trump administration to shrug it off rather easily.
President Trump is under immense pressure following former FBI director James Comey testimony. Now Preet Bharara’s revelations will make things all the more difficult for the President. “No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction,” Bharara told ABC.
“If Bob Mueller is looking at everything that you would expect him to look at. Good prosecutors look at everything. And this would seem to be one of those things that he was looking at”, he went on to add. Bharara was one of the many people who attended the Senate intelligence committee hearing featuring testimony from Comey on Thursday. Comey told the committee that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a private Oval Office meeting in February.
Preet Bharara who migrated to the US from India with his parents as a child, is married to Dalya Bharara, a non-practicing lawyer. They live in Westchester County, New York and have three children. In interviews, Bharara “has reflected on his family’s diverse religious heritage: Sikh (his father), Hindu (his mother), Muslim (his wife’s father) and Jewish (his wife’s grandfather).”
The New Yorker profile on Preet said that Dalya is a nonpracticing lawyer and the two live in Westchester, a suburb about 34 miles away from New York City. He told the publication that the one class he had “perfect attendance” when he went to law school in was trial practice.
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There is no denying that Preet and Dalya have three children together, and the couple have very high aspirations for them. In 2011, Preet told Fortune that he wants his kids to grow up and be educated the way he was.
The two come from very divergent yet mixed religious backgrounds. Preet described in an interview his family’s heritage. He joked that with the diversity in religions and different traditions that come with them, he is never hungry. “Four different families of four different voices – half a century ago, all had to flee because of their religion. When my wife fasts for Yom Kippur or my father-in-law fasts in Ramadan, I am stuffed all day with samosa (a kind of pie)”, said he.
A report in The New York Times said that Dalya’s father moved from India to Pakistan during the partition of the country and reportedly lost his home after the 1947 violent migration. Her mother was born in Palestine after her father — Dalya’s grandfather — escaped Nazi Germany. She is also a lawyer, though she doesn’t practice law.