The scores of the former Ministry of Justice officials urged Barr to quit a series of interventions specifically designed to benefit Trump politically. Berman’s refusal to go quietly led to a new crisis and government reckoning for an already inflicted administration, which was dealing with an epidemic, the resulting economic crisis, and a national race calculation.
The two sources told CNN’s Kevin Liptak that he has been considering removing President Berman for two years and believes that the investigation of Giuliani is an attempt to harm him politically. But dramatic events on Friday night wonder why Barr and Trump suddenly were so eager for a Trump donor, Berman, founded less than five months before being elected.
“I published a statement last night, I don’t have anything to add this morning. I’m just here to do my job,” Berman told reporters before entering his office in central New York on Saturday morning.
Basically, the chapter reveals how ready a President with the authoritarian impulses who constantly work to challenge the independence of the justice system and compel them to act for their own personal interests is to remain unpunished after the Senate. Acquittal by other members of the Republic on the charge of abuse of power and the blocking of Congress.
Meanwhile, the President encouraged the senior leadership of the FBI and the Ministry of Justice to point out political motivation. More recently he threatened to send regular troops to the streets to oppose anti-racist demonstrations. And he liquidated against general investigators who were independent guard officers in government offices.
The ‘Friday Night Massacre’?
The extraordinary events on Berman’s fate, the latest disturbing echo of former Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”, ordered the then President’s chief prosecutor to expel private prosecutor Archibald Cox at the height of the Watergate scandal.
Late Friday evening – the traditional dumping site for controversial news stories – Barr released a press release stating that Berman had suddenly resigned and never changed his place to Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton. public prosecutor.
Barr’s move was shocked that it was one of the most prestigious and independent prosecution tunnels of New York’s Southern District and often dealt with highly sensitive financial, politically sensitive and terrorist cases.
The New York federal prosecutor’s office is also working on a series of cases referred to by Mueller when he completed his investigation into whether the Trump campaign deliberately cooperated with Russia’s election intervention operation. In his case against Cohen, he described the President as “Individual-1” and said he was directing campaign finance crimes related to the payment of silencing to several women who said they had ties with Trump.
Berman’s dismissal attempt launched another clash in Washington, with an immediate hearing on Wednesday with the New York Democratic Parliament Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to testify on Berman.
“America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly intervened in the judicial investigation on behalf of Trump,” Nadler said in a statement.
CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said late Friday that she added another diary to the fire for people who burned about their problems with this chief prosecutor, if it “seemed to facilitate actions that would undermine compliance,” or go beyond any situation. and the morale and career prosecutors are not able to increase their ability to do their job or really contribute. “
Berman refuses to go
“I learned from the Chief Prosecutor tonight that I was ‘stepping in’ as a United States Attorney in a press release. I did not resign, and I do not intend to resign from my position assigned by the United Judges.
“I will resign when a candidate appointed by the Presidency is approved by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will proceed without delay or without interruption.” Said. For New York’s Southern District, a new US Attorney has a chance to be verified before the election looks weak, and Berman is likely to have a legal battle during his tenure.
“I think the President will have great difficulty in dismissing Mr. Berman for coming under strange circumstances,” said CNN legal analyst Paul Callan.
Berman’s reference to these investigations was asking if he was talking about the general work of his episode, or any situation that could specifically concern Barr and Trump.
His challenge left the next steps uncertain, but at least he spoke of the extraordinary chaos that arose in the Justice Department under Trump, which has intensified since Barr’s capture.
The administration discussed replacing Berman with Ed O’Callaghan, a senior official last autumn, but said the move was suspended after sources have accused Guilian’s partners Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
CNN’s Erica Orden, Evan Perez, Black Scannell and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.