Chaos: After Manhattan Prosecutor Refuses to Step Down, Barr Says Trump Fired Him. Trump Says Otherwise. - 2020-06-20

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F1.png Chaos: After Manhattan Prosecutor Refuses to Step Down, Barr Says Trump Fired Him. Trump Says Otherwise. June 20, 2020, Dan Friedman, Mother Jones

4:25 p.m. ET: Shortly after Barr released his letter, Trump undercut his attorney general's claims in remarks to reporters. "I'm not involved," Trump told reporters outside the White House. This contradicts Barr's claim that Trump fired Berman at Barr's request.

President Donald Trump on Saturday fired the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, who is investigating Trump allies, according to Attorney General William Barr. Trump's action came after the prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, defied Barr's effort to quietly push him out on Friday night.

Berman arrived at his Manhattan office early Saturday, wearing a blue suit and an American flag label. "I'm just here to do my job," he told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

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