ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Wednesday he plans to stay in his position in the Trump administration.
Bharara emerged from Trump Tower after meeting with the president-elect for about an hour.
He said President-elect Trump asked for the meeting. Bharara said he agreed to remain in the job.
"We had a good meeting. I said I would absolutely consider staying on. I agreed to stay on," Bharara said.
"I have already spoken to Sen. Sessions, who is, as you know, has been nominated to be the attorney general. He lso asked that I stay on, and so I expect that I’ll be continuing the work at the Southern District of New York."
Whether Bharara, who has led a crusade against Albany corruption, would stay on in a Trump administration has been a key question in New York.
Bharara has critical cases ongoing in his fight of New York corruption: Indictments were issued last week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former top aide, Joseph Percoco; former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros and five upstate developers.
Bharara has also convicted nearly 30 public officials on corruption charges during his tenure, including convictions against both former state legislative leaders, Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver.
"I love my job. That's for other people to decide," Bharara said in an interview with "New York Now" in October.
"I've been doing it a little over seven years, which is a long time. I'm not tired of it. I love it the same if not more than the day I started. It's for other people to decide whether I do it or not."
There had been media reports that Trump would like to keep Bharara, whose district runs through Manhattan and north through the Hudson Valley into Dutchess County.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, praised Bharara. Bharara is a former Schumer aide.
"I’ll wait until after they meet to make some comments, but I have always said that Preet has done a superb job as our U.S. attorney here in the Southern District, and I was proud to recommend him to President Obama," Schumer told reporters.