Push to oust Manhattan attorney sparks fresh crisis for DOJ
June 22, 2020
The Justice Department's push to oust a key U.S. attorney who spearheaded multiple probes involving associates of President Trump has spurred a new crisis for the administration.
The chaotic and fast-moving situation began to unfold in public view on Friday night when Attorney General William Barr abruptly announced that Geoffrey Berman would be "stepping down" as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
That was met with an extraordinary statement released roughly an hour later by Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in which he stated, “I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position,” adding that his office’s investigations would continue.