The last time we were in the presence of Preet, he responded to one journalists’ question by looking at them stone-faced, and responding tersely: “I will not be answering questions beyond what is written in the complaint.”
That said, you should definitely take advantage of the huge piece on him Time Magazine is releasing this Friday. He’s on the cover (as you can see below).
Before that, though, here are some highlights from the teaser:
- In a rare interview last week, Bharara said he’s aiming big. When he came to the job in 2009, he says he found that, “There was a creeping culture of corruption in our politics and also in Wall Street and in business generally.”
- His greatest successes against Wall Street crime have come from prosecuting insider trading, a practice which he says “tells everybody at precisely the wrong time that everything is rigged and only people who have a billion dollars and have access to and are best friends with people who are on boards of directors of major companies, they’re the only ones who can make a true buck.”
- So far Bharara has no losses in the insider trading cases, but he’s embracing some controversial techniques. In the story, we highlight one: his success in getting a wiretap not for a single line, but for a conference call line. That enabled Bharara to listen in on 93 people for whom the government admitted it did not have probable cause to believe they would use the line for a crime
- Bharara is best friends with an author of the Patriot Act, Viet Dinh, who is now a board member at NewsCorp. (We had no idea.)
Now for the cover: