Trump’s Firing of Federal Prosecution
● It has been stated by Geoffery Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, that he would step down following Saturday's conduct wherein Attorney General William Barr had told him that he had asked the president to remove him immediately, and that he had done so. In the announcement, he said that the president would be nominating Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to succeed Berman.
● Barr mentioned to Berman in a letter, “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service. Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so.”
● Additionally, Mr. Trump, who was subject to Berman’s investigation, has distanced himself from Barr, stating in an interview, “Attorney General Barr is working on that. That's his department, not my department. But we have a very capable attorney general. So that's really up to him. I'm not involved.”
● Additionally, chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. has mentioned that this calls for an investigation into Berman’s removal, reinforced by Wednesday’s trial featuring two testifications against Barr.
● Berman’s role in the White House controversy was imperative with him overseeing the event wherein Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and financial crimes. Under oath, Cohen implicated Trump in payments made to two women ahead of the 2016 elections to keep them quiet about affairs they said they had with Trump.
● In addition, Berman’s keen attention towards former Vice President Joe Biden is also notable in the search for a cause of his firing and the choice of replacement.
● As former assistant U.S. attorney for the district, Elie Honig mentions, “This is clearly a political takeover of the historically independent Southern District of New York”
Reporter : Rahul K