THE US attorney who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of President Trump and an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has issued to statement to say he will not be resigning – just hours after the attorney general said he would.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “I am not resigning, and I have no intention of resigning.”
Geoffrey Berman is stepping down as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York[/caption]
Just hours earlier, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that Berman would be resigning from his post, adding that Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post.
Craig Carpenito, the US attorney in New Jersey, will serve as the acting US attorney in Manhattan from July 3, according to Barr.
It was unclear why Berman would leaving the position, which he served in for more than two years.
In his statement, Berman said that he had learned he was “stepping down” in a press release from the Justice Department.
He added: “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’s announcement came with no notice after he visited New York City and met with local police officials there.
Berman’s sudden resignation looked likely to raise additional questions from congressional Democrats who have accused Barr of politicizing the Justice Department.
Berman, a Republican who contributed to the Trump’s election campaign, worked for the same law firm as Giuliani and was put in his job by the Trump administration.
Attorney General William Barr announced the resignation in a statement late on Friday[/caption]
As a US attorney, however, Berman won over some skeptics when he went after Trump allies.
Berman recused himself from directly overseeing the investigation of Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, for reasons that were never disclosed.
Trump has been angered by a series of investigations that Berman has been involved in.
His office subpoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee for a wide range of documents as part of an investigation into various potential crimes – including possible illegal contributions from foreigners.
Weeks before the 2018 midterm election, Berman also announced insider trading charges against an ardent Trump supporter, Republican Rep. Chris Collins, who has since resigned.
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Berman’s office also brought charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving Trump.
Avenatti was convicted earlier this year of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike after prosecutors said he threatened to use his media access to hurt Nike’s reputation and stock price.
The Southern District of New York also requested testimony from Britain’s Prince Andrew, as part of a criminal investigation into the alleged co-conspirators of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.
Berman oversaw an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani[/caption]
Berman won over some skeptics after he went after Trump allies[/caption]