Removed US prosecutor says Trump official pressed him to resign

International Desk
10 July 2020, Fri
Published: 07:13 Updated: 09:04

Removed US prosecutor says Trump official pressed him to resign

A top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, who was removed last month as his office led a probe into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani told legislators on Thursday that United States Attorney General William Barr had pressured him to resign.

In written comments submitted as part of a congressional inquiry, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said he was warned by Barr that if he did not leave he would be fired, which "would not be good for my resume or future job prospects".

"I told him that while I did not want to get fired, I would not resign," Berman said in his statement to the House Judiciary Committee, delivered behind closed doors on Thursday.

Berman said Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, either in the Justice Department running its civil division or possibly as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Berman said Barr told him that he wanted to appoint current SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to replace him as the Manhattan-based US attorney.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has called Berman's dismissal "part of a clear and dangerous pattern" of behaviour by Barr. The panel's Democratic majority is pursuing its investigation of the attorney general, who they said operates more like Trump's personal lawyer than the nation's top law enforcement official. Source: Al-Jazeera