Nadler Poised To Subpoena Barr After Messy Berman Firing

Nadler Poised To Subpoena Barr After Messy Berman Firing

"I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning", he announced in a statement shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.

The standoff with Mr Berman was the latest in a series of moves by Mr Barr that critics say are meant to benefit Mr Trump politically and undermine the independence of the Justice Department.

"Well, that's all up to the Attorney General".

"I am not going to spend months litigating a subpoena with an attorney general who has already spent years resisting the courts and legitimate congressional oversight", he said back in June. That's his department, not my department.

Over the weekend, Nadler ruled out trying to impeach the attorney general.

The president certainly has a pattern of firing government watchdogs who were investigating his misconduct or that of his associates.

That plan started unraveling on Friday night after Barr released a statement that announced the pending nomination of Clayton and the resignation of Geoffrey Berman, the sitting USA attorney. By all accounts he had independently led his office in prosecutions and investigations of some Trump allies, reportedly including the president's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

Barr said Saturday that he was "surprised and quite disappointed" by Berman's statement and "hoping for your cooperation to facilitate a smooth transition". "This is the USA attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, and I view this as a promotion - not a demotion".

Afterward, Berman released a statement saying that he would "respect the normal operation of law" and step down.

Barr initially announced that Berman would be replaced on an interim basis by the US attorney in New Jersey.

"I think if you're pro-business, supportive of well-functioning public equity markets, then regardless of your political stripe you're likely to consider the Clayton SEC a halcyon period", began Tim Quast, President at ModernNetworks IR, a market consultancy.

Pingree is referring to investigations that Berman's office had led into the dealings of Trump associate Rudy Giuliani, a central figure in the Ukraine scandal that ultimately led to the president's impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House and his eventual acquittal by the Republican-led Senate.

Here, the president's strategy was to remove Berman while avoiding the appearance that he was getting rid of someone who refused to be his lapdog. Axios, which first reported news of the planned move, reports that Nadler has "repeatedly called on Barr to testify before the committee" regarding cases the DOJ handled that involved former Trump advisers, among them Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. "The whole thing smacks of corruption and incompetence".

"Even if Trump lacked that history, and if Barr's announcement were less freakish, I would nonetheless be concerned if the head of a U.S. Attorney's office was removed by a president when the office was investigating the president's personal lawyer and inaugural committee".

Because the Senate ends its session in August and would most likely not hold hearings on a permanent replacement before November, Strauss will likely remain acting US attorney until the election. The judges appointed Berman after he was appointed on an acting basis to the post, and Trump never sought confirmation. He is also on the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Mr.

"Parties in the Commission's actions and proceedings were ordered to pay a total of 8.294 billion USA dollars in disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and penalties, and the Commission returned a total of 1.991 billion dollars to harmed investors", it added.

Clayton, 53, saw the Southern District of NY position as one more likely to be offered during a second Trump term, if the president is re-elected, the people added.

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