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Zoe Tillman
NOW: AG Barr says in a letter to Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman that Trump has now officially fired him, and that's that, rejecting any argument by Berman that a judicial appointment means he can't be removed. Previously:
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Zoe Tillman Jun 20
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Barr to Berman: "Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service." Note that Barr's letter changes the succession plan from last night — deputy US atty Audrey Strauss will take over as acting US atty
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Zoe Tillman Jun 20
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Berman's statement last night 100% ruled out any kind of voluntary departure, but wasn't totally clear on what Berman would do if Trump directly fired him. He said: "I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate."
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Zoe Tillman Jun 20
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Barr bristled at what he viewed as the implication in Berman's statement last night that Berman needed to stay on in SDNY to make sure cases were handled appropriately. "This is obviously false," Barr wrote.
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Zoe Tillman Jun 20
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One of many things to note about Barr's letter — Barr says he and Berman discussed moving Berman to another role, incl. head of the SEC. The head of the SEC, Jay Clayton, who has never been a federal prosecutor, is ... who Barr wants to take Berman's job
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Zoe Tillman Jun 20
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What does Trump have to say about Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman? He doesn't explicitly confirm that he fired him when asked about it, saying it's up to Barr: "I'm not involved."
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helchose 🌊🇺🇸 Jun 20
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Okay, Trump needs to be impeached again. This is obstruction of justice, it is a federal crime.
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Mike Farley Jun 20
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Not trump....I want barr put through intense and public scrutiny
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Jason Volack Jun 20
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Berman should make Trump walk up to his face and fire him. And we know he'll never do that.
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Love, Jennifer Jun 20
Replying to @Arctimon @ZoeTillman
Not unless he can tear gas some people on his way over.
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Covidiocracy Jun 20
Pretty sure nothing's official until Barr tracks down and has him deliver the message by hand
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rhia Jun 20
😂😂🙌🏻🏆
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