Berman only DOJ figure with weight to investigate Trump, so Barr wants him gone - 2020-06-20
High drama. Barr hoped to bury this on a Friday night by announcing Geoffrey Berman's departure by press release without bothering to check with Berman, who now says he's not leaving until his replacement is confirmed by the Senate.
Berman is the only DOJ figure remaining with the weight to investigate Trump friends and family, one of them being Rudy Giuliani, and that's why Barr wants him gone. With November approaching the Berman-led SDNY represents a persistent threat to drop shoes.
For Barr this isn't about Berman personally, it's about the investigations Berman is overseeing, else Barr could have announced that Berman was being replaced by someone already in the SDNY. Barr's press release didn't cite any reason for Berman's "departure."