The u.s. attorney who oversaw the prosecution of allies of Trump refutes Barr, said he did not resign


A top federal prosecutor american whose office has investigated on Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer staff of the american president Donald Trump said Friday night that he would not leave his post, a few hours after the administration, Trump said abruptly as he stood in its place.The unusual declaration of the u.s. attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, sets up a dramatic confrontation at the ministry of Justice about the position of the top-level in a year in which Trump seeks to be re-elected.

“I have learned in a press release from the attorney general this evening that I démissionnais as a prosecutor in the United States. I have not resigned and I do not intend to resign from my post, to which I was appointed by the judges of the United States. District court for the southern district of New York, ” said Berman in a press release.

Berman said that until a candidate is appointed by the president confirmed by the Senate, ” the investigations of the bureau will go forward without delay or disruption “.

The statement came just hours after the attorney general William Barr, in a decision surprise, said in a press release that Trump had the intention to appoint the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, to replace Berman.

U.s. attorney general William Barr speaks at a roundtable discussion at the White House Monday. (Evan Vucci / The Associated Press)

Since his appointment to this position in January 2018, Berman has not hesitated to take on powerful figures in the orbit of Trump.

He oversaw the prosecution of Michael Cohen, the former lawyer staff of Trump, who has been accused two partners of Giuliani and launched a survey on Giuliani in the framework of its efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on the political opponents of Trump.

While the Senate is considering the nomination of Clayton, Trump has named Craig Carpenito, currently u.s. attorney for the district of New Jersey, to act as a u.s. attorney acting for the southern district, said Barr in a statement.

Berman, who was part of the transition team of Trump, could not be reached immediately for comment. Berman had replaced Preet Bharara, who had himself been dismissed shortly after Trump had become president.

Bharara stated that the time and the way to replace Berman were strange.

“Why a president gets rid there of his own american prosecutor handpicked to SDNY on a Friday night, less than 5 months before the elections? “Bharara wrote on Twitter.

Clayton, a former lawyer of Wall Street regarded as a builder of bipartisan consensus during his tenure at the head of the SEC, has not been able to be immediately contacted for comment.


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