That apparently came as news to Geoffrey Berman.
"Barr, the Trump Administration intends to nominate Mr. Jay Clayton to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York", Graham said in a statement Saturday. "Until then, our investigations will move forward without interruption". I have nothing to add to that this morning.
Attorney General William Barr asked Berman to resign in an in-person meeting in NY on Friday, the source said. Rather, he was appointed by the judges of the Southern District of NY. "This is obviously false".
It also deepened tensions between the department and congressional Democrats, who have accused Barr of politicizing the agency and acting more like Trump's personal lawyer than the country's chief law enforcement officer.
"I am calling for the Department of Justice Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility to immediately launch an investigation into the reasons behind the decision by the president and the attorney general to attempt to dismiss Mr. Berman", Schumer said.
New York's other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is also a Democrat. His job had always seemed in jeopardy and Berman was never given the sense that it was secure, according to these people, who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke condition of anonmity.
Berman has served in his capacity since April 2018, and his office has conducted investigations into top Trump allies, including Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
"We have a hearing on this topic on Wednesday", said Nadler, D-N.Y., who represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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But the improvement was unequal, with the unemployment rate for whites posting a record decline, but rising for blacks and Asians. Instead, the economy added 2.5 million jobs in May, which drove unemployment down from 14.7% in April , according to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that the "late Friday night dismissal reeks of potential corruption of the legal process". Both lawmakers called for Clayton to withdraw from consideration.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep.
Attorney General Bill Barr's effort to push out one of the most powerful prosecutors in the country ran into headwinds Saturday, with Republicans signaling little appetite to fight to confirm a new U.S. attorney amid Democratic accusations that the move was an effort to shield President Donald Trump's associates from federal investigation.
Preet Bharara, a CNN senior legal analyst who was sacked by Trump as United States attorney for the Southern District shortly after Trump took office in 2017, told CNN's Don Lemon that the late-night announcement was a "highly irregular thing to do ... when there are all sorts of investigations swirling around".
A royal source described the US Attorney's comments as another example of the official breaking his own confidentiality rules and that his actions were "frankly bewildering".
Referring to Geoffrey Berman, Barr said he had "done an excellent job leading one of our nation's most significant United States attorney's offices, achieving many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters".
But the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel argued in a 1979 opinion that the "power to remove a court-appointed USA attorney rests with the president".
Federal prosecutors in NY have overseen numerous prosecutions and investigations with ties to Trump in recent years.