On Saturday night, Geoffrey Berman agreed to resign as one of the country’s most powerful US Lawyers and ended a day-long power struggle from his Manhattan center to the White House and Justice Department in Washington.
In A statement published at 18:00Berman said he would leave immediately and hand over control of the office to US Assistant Attorney General Audrey Strauss.
Berman made his decision one day after he refused to withdraw, to Chief Prosecutor William Barr, who followed back his original request to be his successor’s lawyer and Securities and Exchange Commission President Jay Clayton.
Although loved and respected in Washington and Wall Street, Clayton had no prosecution experience and was considered an administrative insider.
“In the light of the decision of Attorney General Barr to respect the normal functioning of the law and the decision of US Assistant Attorney General Audrey Strauss to act as a US Attorney, I will immediately leave the Southern District of New York from the U.S. Attorneyship. .
“It has been a lifetime honor to serve as a protector of this Area’s US Attorney and proud heritage, but I couldn’t leave the Region in better hands than Audreys.
“He is the smartest, most principled and effective lawyer I have the privilege of working.
“And under his leadership, I know that this Office’s unique AUSAs, researchers, illegal persons, and staff will continue to maintain the tradition of lasting integrity and independence in the Southern Region.”
The drama Friday night, when Barr announced that Berman was “stepping out,” came up with an explanation that an hour later Berman was not actually going anywhere.
Then on Saturday, Barr said in another statement that President Trump had fired Berman. In a matter of minutes, Trump Güney Çimen told reporters that the decision was nothing at all – he changed the responsibility to shoot Barr.