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BREAKING: Trump Personally Fires SDNY DA – Or Did He? [Update 2: Berman Agrees to Leave]

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The stories all yesterday and this morning have been that Barr can’t fire Berman at SDNY because he was appointed by the court. There’s been speculation whether Trump can fire him, but if so, he would have to do it personally. Five minutes ago, he did:

Trump Personally Fires U.S. attorney Who Investigated His Associates

President Trump on Saturday personally fired the United States Attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, whose office has pursued one case after another that has rankled the president and his allies, putting his former personal lawyer in prison and investigating his current one.

However, CNN has a slightly different story: Trump has fired Berman, Barr says

Attorney General Bill Barr said Saturday that President Donald Trump has fired the Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“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,” Barr wrote in a letter to Berman. “By operation of law, the Deputy United States Attorney, Audrey Strauss, will become the Acting United States Attorney, and I anticipate that she will serve in that capacity until a permanent successor is in place.”

Given that Bunker Boy is well-known to hate (or be scared of) firing people in person, it sure sounds like Barr is still trying to give him cover. The way this letter reads, it sounds like Trump did not speak to Berman directly, just that he told Barr to fire him. That is, by most accounts, not valid.

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