Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum, reporting for The New York Times at 10:30pm on a Friday evening:
The Justice Department abruptly announced on Friday that it had
replaced the United States attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S.
Berman, the powerful federal prosecutor whose office sent
President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prison
and who has been investigating Mr. Trump’s current personal
lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
The announcement that Mr. Berman would be replaced was made with
no notice by Attorney General William P. Barr, who said the
president intended to nominate as Mr. Berman’s successor Jay
Clayton, current chairman of the Securities and Exchange
We are so many miles further down to road to authoritarianism than
our political and media culture can process.
Update: This all came as a surprise to Berman himself, who says he’s not resigning and isn’t going away:
I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight
that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not
resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position.
I’d make popcorn if this wasn’t so terrifying.
★ Friday, 19 June 2020