BARR GETS TRUMP TO FIRE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Attorney General William Barr said in a letter Saturday (Sunday, June 21, 2020 in Manila) that President Donald Trump has fired Manhattan US attorney Geoffrey Berman, Sonam Sheth wrote for Business Insider.
Minutes later, however, Trump said he was "not involved" in Berman's firing and that the decision was up to Barr, putting both men under fire for not being clear who is responsible for ditching Berman, who secured his post via judicial appointment and could not technically be ousted by Barr, who abruptly announced late Friday that Berman would be "stepping down" from his role as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Berman released a statement later Friday saying that he will not step down and will continue serving in his capacity until the Senate confirms a presidentially nominated successor.
However, Berman said that since Trump fired him, he would clear his desk and leave. The lawyer supported Trump financially in 2016 but he also investigated Deutsche Bank, Trump’s bank, for fraud and the Turkish bank Halkbank for violating sanctions against Iran. Berman’s supposed successor, Jay Clayton, defended Deutsche Bank.