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Barr Tries to Oust US Attorney Investigating Giuliani, But He Refuses to Resign

When Donald Trump’s administration attempts a controversial firing, they like to do it on Friday night. This was the case with the firing of Inspector General Steve Linick in May. The same method was used with Inspector General’s Christi Grimm and Michael Atkinson.

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William Barr attempted another late night firing last night, attempting to oust US Attorney General Geoffrey Berman. This did not go as smoothly as the Attorney General had hoped. Berman released a scathing response saying that he will not be resigning from his post.

Barr’s statement read, “I thank Geoffrey Berman, who is stepping down after two-and-a-half years of service as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. With tenacity and savvy, Geoff has done an excellent job leading one of our nation’s most significant U.S. Attorney’s Offices, achieving many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters.”

Berman, has investigated figures like Jeffrey Epstein and Michael Cohen and is currently looking into Rudy Giuliani. He said his resignation was news to him.

The SDNY prosecutor released a statement that read:

“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position … I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.”

Berman was initially appointed to his position by Preet Bharara, who was also fired by Trump.



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