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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File photo

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan who was fired this month by President Donald Trump, will join New York University's law school on April 1 as a distinguished scholar in residence, the school announced on Tuesday.

In a statement provided by the school, Bharara said he was honoured to join NYU, and welcomed the opportunity "to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about - criminal and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights, and corporate accountability, to name a few."

Bharara was fired by Trump on March 11 after refusing to step down. He had been among 46 U.S. attorneys who were told to submit their resignations a day earlier.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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