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Attorney General William Barr said in a letter Saturday that at his request, President Donald Trump has fired Manhattan US attorney Geoffrey Berman.
Minutes later, however, Trump said he was “not involved” in Berman’s firing and that the decision was up to Barr.
Barr 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.
“I was surprised and disappointed by the press statement you released last night,” Barr said in his letter to Berman on Saturday. “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.”
Legal experts say the attorney general cannot unilaterally fire Berman because Berman was placed in his position via judicial appointment.
But the longstanding view of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel is that while the attorney general can’t remove someone like Berman, the president can, which Barr emphasized in his letter.
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Attorney General William Barr said Saturday that at his request, President Donald Trump has fired Manhattan US attorney Geoffrey Berman.
But minutes later, Trump told reporters that he was “not involved” in Berman’s firing and that the decision was up to Barr.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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