THE U.S. attorney who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of President Donald Trump and an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is resigning from his post, officials said Friday.
Geoffrey Berman is stepping down as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
Geoffrey Berman is stepping down as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York[/caption]
Barr said Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post.
The U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, will serve as the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, beginning on July 3, Barr said.
It was unclear why Berman was leaving the position after serving for more than two years.
The announcement, made late Friday, came after Barr visited New York City and met with local police officials there.
Berman’s sudden resignation is likely to raise additional questions from congressional Democrats who have accused Barr of politicizing the Justice Department and acting more like Trump’s personal attorney rather than the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.