Judiciary Committee to interview Manhattan federal prosecutor ousted by Barr

The testimony will follow allegations that Geoffrey Berman was removed to assert more control over investigations in which President Donald Trump has an interest.

7/3/2020 12:45:00 AM

The former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, who resigned last month under pressure from Attorney General William Barr, will testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week about the circumstances of his departure, according to a congressional aide

The testimony will follow allegations that Geoffrey Berman was removed to assert more control over investigations in which President Donald Trump has an interest.

The former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, who resigned last month under pressure from Attorney General William Barr, will testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week about the circumstances of his departure, according to a congressional aide.

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The July 9 closed-door interview will be Congress' first foray into allegations that Barr sought to remove Geoffrey Berman as U.S. attorney to assert more control over investigations that touch closely on President Donald Trump‘s associates and personal interests. Barr has denied the suggestion.

AdvertisementBut Berman‘s departure followed a series of bizarre steps taken by Barr and Trump that remain shrouded in mystery. Barr announced Berman‘s departure in a late-night statement on June 19, a Friday, that described his resignation as voluntary. Barr announced that the U.S. attorney from New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, would succeed him temporarily, and that Jay Clayton, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, would be nominated by Trump to replace him permanently.

But Berman quickly issued his own statement denying that he had voluntarily resigned and insisting that he had learned of the move on in Barr‘s news release. He also suggested that Barr was prohibited from removing him because he was appointed by judges to fill the post, the result of Trump‘s longtime failure to nominate a permanent U.S. attorney for the district.

Barr blasted Berman in a subsequent statement and then obtained Trump‘s authority to fire him. But Berman agreed to step down after Barr relented and named Berman‘s trusted deputy as his temporary successor, rather than Carpenito.Democrats immediately assailed the move as an example of Barr politicizing the Justice Department. Barr is slated to testify to the Judiciary Committee on July 28, a month after two Justice Department prosecutors testified to the panel and alleged political interference in sensitive cases, including the prosecution of Trump’s longtime associate Roger Stone.

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reeveskeanu__ I’ll be glued to that story....we need a hero now. Berman is fighting back and I love him for it! ❤️❤️ Good and I’m pretty sure we’re gonna find out he’s one of the deep state plugs that thinks He is above the law. I'm old enough to remember when a fired employee was dismissed as nothing more then a disgruntled peon and anything they said has considered heresay without direct evidence. Nowdays,anyone can say anything and the left gobbles it up as if it's pure truth from the angels mouths.

3L3V3NTH Put him under lock and key. But ironically they waited to arrest Maxwell after he was gone Stay safe! 😬🙏 Berman was never confirmed by the Senate, so his appt was temporary. Of NY two senators, Senator Gillibrand failed to give him a passing grade, so he was not confirmed. Maybe Berman should write a book?

He was never appointed by president and was a temporary stand in. It wasn't anything other than that says Barr . I’m sure by next Thursday Barr and the WH will have threatened him with arrest if he testifies. Let's hope he is grown up enough to tell the truth. That’s the new Hope and change with Democrats anything that Trump does they’ll be an investigation a hearing in everyone will be drilled as to why women who and what because Trump did it good use of American taxpayer money or not

Now we’ll hear the arguments about how justice will be best served by blocking his testimony and refusing to respect lawful subpoenas. Is there a Russian bounty on his head yet ? 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿 Was he in charge of the gislaine maxwell case? This'll be fun. Very interested in hearing what he has to say.

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