Manhattan US attorney refuses to resign despite DOJ ouster

The Justice Department abruptly announced late Friday night that it would replace the U.S. attorney in Manhattan who oversaw probes into several allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy to offer UC request to revisit foreign spending in omnibus GOP senator on Trump pardons: ‘This is rotten to the core’ Trump pardons Manafort, Stone and Charles Kushner in latest round MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1], though the federal prosecutor said he had no plans to resign.

The Justice Department said in a press release[7] that it is replacing Geoffrey Berman[8], the powerful prosecutor for the Southern District of New York whose office ran the probe that sent Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFormer Trump attorney Michael Cohen says he has earned early release from home confinement Pence may leave for overseas trip after certifying vote: report Judge rules Trump Org must turn over documents to NY AG as part of probe MORE[10][11][12][13][14][9] to prison and is investigating the president’s current personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLouisiana congressman-elect in intensive care after COVID-19 diagnosis CNN’s John Berman on Trump pardons: ‘Good night to be a corrupt Republican congressman’ Dominion Voting Systems employee sues Trump campaign, allies MORE[16][17][18][19][20][15].

“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,” said Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTop Democrat: ‘Critical’ that Pompeo brief senators on SolarWinds hack at State Dept. Barr leaves behind conflicting legacy at DOJ Acting US Attorney overseeing Giuliani, Bannon probes to stay on MORE[22][23][24][25][26][21].

However, Berman pushed back and said he will not “step down” until a “presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” according to a statement from his office. He also said he found out he was being replaced when he read the Justice Department’s press release.

“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney,” the statement reads. “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.” 

 

Barr, who did not provide a reason as to why Berman was being replaced, said that Jay Clayton, the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, would be nominated for the position. Craig Carpenito, currently the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, will fill Berman’s role in an acting capacity effective July 3.

The replacement is likely to spark further claims from Democrats in Washington that the president is seeking to politicize the Justice Department and remove figures who are critical of him or investigating people in his orbit. 

Berman’s office has prosecuted several Trump associates, including Cohen, who pleaded guilty to tax, bank and campaign finance crimes. Berman recused himself from directly overseeing Cohen’s case for reasons that were never made clear. 

Federal prosecutors in Berman’s office are also reportedly investigating if Giuliani, who is known to have a number of associates abroad, failed to register with the government as a foreign agent.

Beyond Cohen and Giuliani, Berman’s office also subpoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee over an investigation into potential illegal contributions from foreigners and charged former Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsTrump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Trump’s pardons expose another gap in US legal system Trump slams relief bill, calls on Congress to increase stimulus money MORE[30][31][32][33][34][29] (R-N.Y.), a Trump ally, with insider trading. 

Berman was appointed to his role in January 2018 to replace former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreet BhararaWhat a Biden administration should look like Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats’ questioning of Barr Clyburn echoes calls to rename Pettus bridge MORE[36][37][38][39][40][35], who was ousted for defying Trump’s request for him to purge the office of Obama appointees.

The Southern District of New York is among the most prominent districts in the country, garnering national headlines for its cases against mob bosses and terrorists in recent years.

Updated: June 20 at 6:28 a.m.

Lisa Conley contributed.

References

  1. ^ President Trump (thehill.com)
  2. ^ Donald Trump (thehill.com)
  3. ^ McCarthy to offer UC request to revisit foreign spending in omnibus (thehill.com)
  4. ^ GOP senator on Trump pardons: ‘This is rotten to the core’ (thehill.com)
  5. ^ Trump pardons Manafort, Stone and Charles Kushner in latest round (thehill.com)
  6. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  7. ^ in a press release (www.justice.gov)
  8. ^ Geoffrey Berman (thehill.com)
  9. ^ Michael Cohen (thehill.com)
  10. ^ Michael Dean Cohen (thehill.com)
  11. ^ Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen says he has earned early release from home confinement (thehill.com)
  12. ^ Pence may leave for overseas trip after certifying vote: report (thehill.com)
  13. ^ Judge rules Trump Org must turn over documents to NY AG as part of probe (thehill.com)
  14. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  15. ^ Rudy Giuliani (thehill.com)
  16. ^ Rudy Giuliani (thehill.com)
  17. ^ Louisiana congressman-elect in intensive care after COVID-19 diagnosis (thehill.com)
  18. ^ CNN’s John Berman on Trump pardons: ‘Good night to be a corrupt Republican congressman’ (thehill.com)
  19. ^ Dominion Voting Systems employee sues Trump campaign, allies (thehill.com)
  20. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  21. ^ William Barr (thehill.com)
  22. ^ Bill Barr (thehill.com)
  23. ^ Top Democrat: ‘Critical’ that Pompeo brief senators on SolarWinds hack at State Dept. (thehill.com)
  24. ^ Barr leaves behind conflicting legacy at DOJ (thehill.com)
  25. ^ Acting US Attorney overseeing Giuliani, Bannon probes to stay on (thehill.com)
  26. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  27. ^ pic.twitter.com/hFNvQs5orV (t.co)
  28. ^ June 20, 2020 (twitter.com)
  29. ^ Chris Collins (thehill.com)
  30. ^ Christopher (Chris) Carl Collins (thehill.com)
  31. ^ Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies (thehill.com)
  32. ^ Trump’s pardons expose another gap in US legal system (thehill.com)
  33. ^ Trump slams relief bill, calls on Congress to increase stimulus money (thehill.com)
  34. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  35. ^ Preet Bharara (thehill.com)
  36. ^ Preet Bharara (thehill.com)
  37. ^ What a Biden administration should look like (thehill.com)
  38. ^ Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats’ questioning of Barr (thehill.com)
  39. ^ Clyburn echoes calls to rename Pettus bridge (thehill.com)
  40. ^ MORE (thehill.com)

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