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New York City federal prosecutor Preet Bharara not exactly discouraging attorney general buzz

  • FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, left, looks on as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference in New York. Bharara is considered to be among fewer than 10 top candidates to replace Holder when he steps down as Attorney General. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, left, looks on as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference in New York. Bharara is considered to be among fewer than 10 top candidates to replace Holder when he steps down as Attorney General. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this May 28, 2013 file photo, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, addresses a news conference, in New York. Bharara’s profile has grown steadily in his five years as head of one of the nation’s most high-profile federal prosecutor’s offices. Some believe that he is on the short list to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, who recently announced that he will step down when a successor is found. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    FILE- In this May 28, 2013 file photo, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, addresses a news conference, in New York. Bharara’s profile has grown steadily in his five years as head of one of the nation’s most high-profile federal prosecutor’s offices. Some believe that he is on the short list to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, who recently announced that he will step down when a successor is found. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)  (The Associated Press)

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is not doing much to encourage speculation that he's one of the few people being considered to be the next attorney general. And he's not exactly discouraging it either.

Bharara has overseen dozens of insider trading cases and some important terrorism trials during his five years in New York City. He's considered to be among fewer than 10 top candidates for the job being vacated by Attorney General Eric Holder.

At a public appearance on Tuesday, he made light of the speculation, saying that his loving mother was trying to drum up interest on his behalf. But he also signaled that things wouldn't change too much if he was in charge. He says national security, cyber-crime and civil rights would remain top priorities.