Preet Bharara stopped answering Donald Trump's calls

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Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara on Sunday talked about the three times President Donald Trump called him - and the one time he didn't answer.

Bharara's comments came just a few days after former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey testified at a congressional panel that Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into former Trump aide Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for one of Trump's attorneys, argued on Twitter Sunday that it would not be unusual for Trump to reach out to Bharara and that if he refused to take Trump's call "he deserved to be fired". "The number of types I would have been expected to be called by the president of the United States would be zero because there has to be some kind of arm's length relationship given the jurisdiction that various people had", Bharara explained to Stephanopoulos.

"So the call came in".

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", he said. After consulting with staff, he said he decided not to return the call because he felt it was inappropriate.

Bharara was asked by the Trump administration to put in his papers along with 45 other U.S. attorneys on March 10.

According to Bharara, the same freaky attempts to cultivate a "patronage" relationship Comey described coming from the president before his firing also happened to him.

Meanwhile, Susan Collins, the Republican senator from ME, said a subpoena of Trump might be appropriate if he has recordings of his converations with James Comey but does not provide them.

Bharara said it's "reasonable" to assume Mueller is looking at the obstruction issue among others as part of his investigation.

Bahara, in an interview to ABC News said that "he felt the calls from Trump had crossed the usual boundary separating the executive branch and independent criminal investigators".

Collins said about James Comey's testimony on Thursday that "I found him to be candid, to be thorough, and he testified under oath".

Initially, Trump himself asked Bharara to remain in office during the transition, though it was never clear how long Bharara would continue to man his post.

Bharara explained that he and the other United States attorneys sought to have "some kind of arm's length relationship" with the president in order to stay impartial in the event they investigated interests related to Trump.

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