Two days before the prosecutors were dismissed, Mr. Sessions held a conference call with them on a Justice Department initiative and offered no hint that they would soon be forced out.
Almost all of the 46 United States attorneys asked to resign on Friday have now done so, a Justice Department official said. The balance of the nation’s 94 United States attorneys had already resigned.
Career prosecutors are running most of the United States attorneys’ offices until the White House nominates successors for Senate confirmation.
Mr. Bharara announced on Saturday on Twitter that he had been fired after refusing to turn in his resignation. His public defiance came two days after he received the White House call.