Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman Resigned or got Fired? Geoffrey Berman resigns as the Manhattan U.S. attorney ending his standoff with William Barr. Berman said on Saturday that he would leave after office hours, while shortly after attorney William Barr declared that President Trump had fired him. Berman's announcement of leaving the office active immediately capped a 24 hour began when Barr announced that Berman would be "stepping down."
Geoffrey Berman Resigned?
To this announcement, Geoffrey Berman said, "He is not resigning" this lead to a crisis between the justice department.
On Saturday, Berman said he would leave after Barr's decision to "respect the normal operation law" by making his deputy Audrey Strauss, the acting attorney. In a letter written Berman earlier to Saturday, Barr wrote that "he was surprised and somewhat disappointed" after seeing Berman's comments. To which Barr wrote again, "Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so."
After the rally in Tulsa, President Trump said that he was not involved in the situation. He also noted that "Attorney General Barr is working on that. That's his department, not my department. But we have a capable attorney general, so that's really up to him, I'm not involved".
Geoffrey Berman oversaw the investigation involving convicted pedophiles, such as Jeffrey Epstein, who died of suicide in jail while facing sex trafficking charges. Berman was appointed to be the interim United States Attorney in Manhattan by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whereas President Trump never sent his nomination to the sensate. After 120 days, he was nominated by the U.S. district judges.